Crews called to fire at Exmouth town centre laundrette


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Fire crews were called out to an overnight fire at a laundrette in Exmouth.

Crews were called at 11.23pm on Thursday, May 18, after staff at a nearby restaurant saw smoke coming from the premises, in High Street.

On arrival, firefighters saw that a tumble dryer was well alight inside the laundrette.

Initially crews were unable to enter the premises and were preparing to force their way in when a keyholder arrived at the scene.

This allowed firefighters to quickly deal with the incident, and they confirmed the fire was out at 11:51pm.

The tumble dryer was completely destroyed by the fire, which also resulted in 50 per cent damage by smoke to the launderette and slight smoke logging to some adjacent properties.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said the fire started accidentally, and no persons were involved or injured.

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Owner Jef Pirie said that the laundrette was expected to reopen by around 1pm on Friday.

He added: “If customers looked at the signs and safety tips then things like this would not happen.”