Last night Fire Control received several calls to reports of an incident at New Look, in Cornhill.

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Fire engines from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea, along with the aerial ladder platform were sent to the address.

On arrival, crews confirmed,

“This was a fire involving the store and the floors above.

At 8pm more crew arrived from Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton, along with an Incident Command Unit from Street and supporting officers.

The fire was within a 4 storey residential building with a commercial property below.

At 8.31pm breathing apparatus and personnel arrived.

The following fire engines came from Nether Stowey, Taunton and Glastonbury.

This is a range of 3 and 4 storey buildings in a terrace 200m by 75m used as retail and residential, multi use properties.

The fire was in the mid-terrace shop at ground and first floor levels.

There was heavy smoke leading up to the upper floors and adjacent properties.

The fire crew worked with 4 attack jets, 4 safety jets, 2 covering jets, 4 fog spikes and 12 breathing apparatus wearers.

At 9.43pm an additional aerial ladder platform was required. These came from Wellington, Street, Cheddar, Somerton, Ilminster and the aerial ladder platform came from Yeovil.

Various other agencies also attended this incident throughout the evening, including police, ambulance and Western Power.

The fire crews carried out a thorough search of the building to check for fire spread, and all persons have been accounted for with no injuries reported.

At 11.19pm the incident was being scaled down to 6 fire engines.  A thorough check of the adjacent properties was also carried out, with no fire spread reported.

At 12.16am the incident was reduced to one sector only. Two platforms working within the building, one on the ground floor and the other on the first floor revealing the extent of the fire spread. The crews used sundstrom masks to investigate the fire spread.

At 12.46am steady progress was made, checking for fire spread internally.

At 1.08am the incident was scaled down to two pumping appliances, crews were still at work checking for fire spread.

At 2.00am this morning it was confirmed,

“This was a four storey property including one basement consisting of commercial property and unoccupied flats.

“The building measured approximately 15m by 45m and was constructed of stone and wood walls with a tiled roof.

“The building suffered 10% fire damage and 40% smoke damage. There were twenty nine breathing apparatus wearers in total using two hose reel jets, two main jets, four fog nails, a thermal imaging camera, and snake camera, ladder and working platforms.

“The cause of the fire is deemed accidental.

“These are the full and final details.”


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