Firefighters tackling a blaze at Exmouth Pavilion in the early hours of Monday morning have urged the town’s businesses to check the security of outdoor bins.
The message comes after fire crews tackled two fires in Exmouth within days of each other where fires started in bins have spread to nearby buildings.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said the cause of Monday’s fire (July 13) is under investigation.
It is believed to have started in an external bin storage and spread to the building.
An Exmouth fire station spokesman said the service ‘strongly’ advised organisations to review their security.
He said: “We are urging all local businesses, clubs and halls to review their waste management and security of bins.”
A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “There was ten per cent smoke and fire damage to the basement of the property and twenty per cent smoke and fire damage to the first floor.
“The cause of the fire is under investigation.”
Fire crews from Exmouth, Danes Castle and Middlemoor, and an aerial platform ladder, were called to The Esplanade shortly before 2.30am where smoke and flames were seen coming from Exmouth Pavilion.
The crews called for extra help and a further two fire engines were sent from Topsham and Sidmouth, and a command support unit from Honiton, plus the incident support unit from Bovey Tracey.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus brought the blaze under control using hose reel jets and safety jets, and three thermal image cameras.
An Exmouth fire station spokesman said: “On arrival at scene, the Incident Commander made pumping appliances five as the fire was intense and windows on two levels had been compromised.
“Crews did a fantastic job at bringing the fire under control and extinguishing the flames, with six breathing apparatus, three thermal imaging cameras, breaking-in tools and small tools.
“The aerial ladder platform from Danes Castle Fire Station was used to ensure the scene was left safe.
“Throughout the incident fire control made sure there were crews on standby at local stations to provide cover while fire appliances were at the incident.”
Police and the fire service are investigating a blaze at Bumble and Bee, in Alexandra Road, Exmouth, which started within a bin area next to the Manor Garden’s café in the early hours of July 8.
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