Thursday, August 8, 2013
A home in Withycombe has been gutted after a fire broke out yesterday evening.
There were no casualties, but police have confirmed they are investigating.
Fire crews were called to Kay Close at 7.59pm, and found a bungalow well alight, with the blaze starting to spread to adjoining properties.
All persons were accounted for, and crews managed to put out the fire.
A fire service spokesman said: “100 per cent of the property was damaged by fire and adjoining properties were also smoke affected by the fire. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.”
One of the first people on the scene was Richard Stalley, a resident of nearby Moorfield Road.
He said: “We could smell burning of some sort, and we looked out of the window and saw smoke.
“I rang the fire brigade, and I, my dad and my mum all ran round to Kay Close. Near the house we were just going and knocking on all the doors, getting everyone out of the houses.
“It started in the first house and it looked like the smoke was spreading across. At first you couldn’t see the flames, but windows started smashing, then there was liquid pouring off the roof, and finally tiles started coming off and that’s when you started seeing the blazing fire.
“You could see the fire in there, and then the firemen got in and they calmed it down.”
A spokesman for East Devon District Council has confirmed that the affected bungalow was a council property.
They said: “We can confirm that yesterday evening a fire broke out at number 18 Kay Close in Exmouth. This property is a one bedroom bungalow owned by East Devon District Council.
“The resident of this property was not at home when the fire started and no-one was hurt or injured during this incident.
“It is believed that the fire started in number 18 and then spread through the roofs of the next 3 properties.
“East Devon District Council is working closely with its tenants to see if any temporary accommodation is required and our mobile support officers have been on site and available to help reassure other tenants.”