Fire casualty airlifted to hospital after ‘explosion’ and blaze in Exmouth flat

Emergency services were called to an Exmouth street and a casualty was airlifted to hospital after an ‘explosion’ and fire in a flat near the town centre.

Police, firefighters and paramedics attended the incident and residents of the property in Hartley Road were evacuated at around 9.40am.

Nearby householders said they heard an ‘explosion’ and the street was shut for more than an hour.

A man aged in his 40s was injured and suffered burns, said police. He remains in hospital.

Both fire crews from Exmouth and one from Middlemoor in Exeter tackled the blaze.

The flat was said to be ‘fully involved’ in fire.

One person is reported to have been injured and has been taken to hospital….

A police spokesperson added: “Police, paramedics and the fire service were called to an address in Hartley Road, Exmouth, following reports of a fire in a flat at around 9.40am.

“One person is reported to have been injured and has been taken to hospital.

“The extent of any injuries is not known at this time. The air ambulance landed in the town as part of the incident.

“Hartley Road was closed and residents were evacuated from the property.

“Residents were able to return to their homes and the road was reopened by 11.20am.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “When the crews got in attendance, the officer in charge confirmed this to be a flat fully involved in fire.

“The crews got to work to extinguish the fire with the use of two breathing apparatus, one hose-reel jet, one safety jet, one positive pressure ventilation fan and small tools.

“One occupant has been treated on scene by the ambulance service for burns.

“The fire service have now extinguished the fire and made the area safe. The cause of this fire is still being investigated.”

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