A blaze ripped through a home in Exeter city centre earlier today (Monday), completely gutting the property.
Firefighters could see thick black smoke and flames coming from the front and rear ground floor windows as they approached the home at around midday (April 13).
The fire service said there were no casualties and the cause of the blaze, in Preston Street, Exeter, remains under investigation.
Firefighters from Danes Castle and Middlemoor were initially sent to the property and on arrival, requested an additional crew from Danes Castle and one from Topsham.
The crews confirmed that everyone was accounted for and clear of the property.
A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesman said: “Green watch from Danes Castle and Middlemoor fire station were mobilised just before midday today to a house fire in the city centre. It was unknown if anybody was inside.
“Thick black smoke was in the area and as crews arrived, flames were issuing out of the front and back ground floor windows.
“The officer in charge requested more resources which were sent from Danes Castle’s on-call section and Topsham fire station.
“Crews in breathing apparatus, along with hose reel jets and a thermal imaging camera, quickly gained entry and extinguished the fire.
“The property was searched and cleared of any casualties.
“The property was one hundred per cent damaged by heat and smoke but thankfully, no casualties.
“The cause of the fire is under investigation.”
The spokesman added: “Smoke alarms were present at this property but we would still like to remind you of how important they are. Please check that yours are working today.”
The fire service said it received ‘multiple calls’ about the blaze and responded by sending four fire engines and crews to tackle the blaze.
A DSFRS spokesperson said: “The crews confirmed that all persons were accounted for and free and clear of the building.
“The cause of the fire is still under investigation.”