Firefighters tackle early-hours car blazes in separate incidents in Exmouth

Firefighters from Exmouth tackled early-hours car blazes in separate incidents in two areas of the town at the end of August.

A crew was called to Sutton Road, in Littleham, shortly after midnight on August 29, where they broke into a car on fire parked on the road in a bid to tackle the blaze.

The vehicle was left with smoke, fire and water damage, the fire service said.

Shortly after 3am, two crews from Exmouth were called to Imperial Road to tackle a blaze, where a parked car was found well-alight.

Crews tackled the blaze and spoke to a nearby homeowner, whose alarm was set off as a result of smoke from the fire.

The fire service said the cause of the blaze was accidental.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Two fire engines from Exmouth attended an incident in the early hours of this morning following reports of a car fire.

“Upon arrival crews confirmed one private vehicle was well alight. Crews used one breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire. They then used the thermal image camera to ensure there were no remaining hotspots.”

The spokesperson added: “Control were informed that the car was 50 per cent damaged by fire and 100 per cent damaged by smoke and water.

“As a result of smoke from the vehicle fire, a nearby properties alarms sounded.  Crews liaised with the owner of the property before returning home station.”

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