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Incident - Restaurant Fire

Date: 11/09/2019
Time: 01:58
Location: Fore Street, Topsham
Area: Central
County: Devon

2 appliances from Topsham were mobilised to a property fire in Fore Street.

Fire Control received a further 7 calls and supplemented the attendance with the Middlemoor appliance due to the developing situation.

02:11 - Confirmed fire on first floor, 2 breathing apparatus wearers, 1 hose reel and a covering jet in use.

02:29 - Fire confirmed to be involving a flat roof area, 4 breathing apparatus, 2 hose reels, covering jet and short extension ladder.

02:32 - 4th appliance requested for positive pressure ventilation fan, sent from Danes Castle.

03:00 - 2 more appliances were requested to assist with breathing apparatus wearers, they came from Exmouth and Danes Castle, Exeter.

03:03 - Fire Control moved Cullompton appliance to Danes Castle and Ottery St Mary appliance to Middlemoor to provide fire cover in the Exeter area.

03:20 - Officer in charge confirmed that firefighters were working to prevent fire spread through common voids. 6 breathing apparatus wearers at work.

03:43 - Fog spike, 4 breathing apparatus wearers and positive pressure ventilation in use.

04:33 - Breathing apparatus wearers withdrawn, steady progress being made cutting away and damping down.

04:45 - Fire Investigation Officer sent to incident.

06:26 - Incident scaled back to one pump and fire investigator. Exmouth appliance remaining at the scene. Mini ejector pump in use to remove 18" water from basement.

06:57 - Final incident details - Building of 3 storeys and basement approx. 14m x 8m used as a restaurant. 14 breathing apparatus cylinders, 2 hose reels, 2 safety jets, 4 thermal imaging cameras, mini ejector pump, 2 short extension ladders, 2 triple extension ladders, breaking in tools, hand tools, positive pressure ventilation fan, fog spike and reciprocating saw. 90% building damaged by fire and smoke. Cause was recorded as accidental.

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