Photos show devastation of Sidmouth fire – as crews’ quick actions stop flames spreading

Quick actions of Sidmouth firefighters stopped a blaze which destroyed a wooden garage and shed spreading to a house.

Crews from the town were called to a property in Northmostown at around 12.55pm yesterday (Thursday, August 22) – with these images showing the destruction inflicted by the flames.

It was the first call-out for Sidmouth’s newest, light-response pumping appliance.

Sidmouth fire

Picture courtesy of Sidmouth Fire Station

An elderly woman was treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

A Sidmouth Fire Station spokesperson said: “On arrival the crew found a wooden garage and storage shed well alight and immediately requested the attendance of another appliance.

“The fire was attacked with four breathing apparatus wearers using a hose reel jet and compressed air foam systems.

Sidmouth fire

Picture courtesy of Sidmouth Fire Station

“One person was treated at scene by ambulance for smoke inhalation.

“The garage and the shed were completely destroyed by fire, but, due to the quick actions of the crews and the arrival of the second appliance, the fire was extinguished before it spread to the main building.

“This was the first fire for Sidmouth’s newest pumping appliance, a light response pump that is smaller and more agile than our other one but carries almost the same equipment.”

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One elderly female was suffering from smoke inhalation and crews administered oxygen therapy until the arrival of the ambulance.”

The cause of the Sidmouth fire was accidental, said the service.

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