Fire crews tackle blaze involving forklift truck in workshop near Honiton

Fire crews were called to a commercial workshop near Honiton on Saturday morning (April 17) after a blaze involving a forklift truck.

Firefighters from Honiton, Ottery and Cullompton, and ladder platform from Danes Castle, in Exeter, were called to Awliscombe shortly after 7am, following reports of smoke coming from a commercial building.

A forklift truck inside the workshop was left with fire and smoke damage.

The cause of the blaze was thought to be accidental, the fire service said.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Fire control this morning received calls reporting smoke issuing from a commercial building.

“Crews from Honiton, Ottery and Cullompton, as well as an ariel ladder platform from Danes Castle, were quickly mobilised.

“Upon arrival crews confirmed a fire within the building involving a forklift truck and got to work to extinguish the fire using two breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet, one safety jet, two thermal imaging cameras and one compressed air foam jets.”

The spokesperson added: “The fire has now been extinguished and the workshop with the forklift in was five per cent damaged by fire and thirty per cent damaged by smoke.

“This incident was believed to be accidental.”

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