Major thatch fire at Parkham Pub
PUBLISHED: 09:18 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:52 15 February 2017
Thirteen fire engines are currently at the scene at the Bell Inn in Parkham fighting a blaze in the thatched roof. More pictures from the scene here.
Fire fighters have been called to a thatch fire involving asbestos in Parkham this morning (Monday).
Eight fire engines were initially called to the Bell Inn in Parkham after the call came in at 8.18am.
Neil Blackburn, fire service area commander, said there was a deep-seated fire in the thatched roof.
He said crews were currently in the roof assessing the situation and it looked likely more crews would need to attend.
Crews are currently at the scene from, Bideford, Appledore, Torrington, Hartland, Barnstaple and Holsworthy together with a water bowser from Barnstaple and incident command unit from Ilfracombe.
The roof was well alight when crews arrived and four breathing-apparatus wearers set to work trying to make the fire break.
An aerial platform ladder was mobilised from Barnstaple and by 9.12am five further fire engines were in attendance from South Molton, Braunton, Hatherleigh together with two appliances from Bude in Cornwall.
By 9.30am crews confirmed the thatch was fully involved in the fire and an telehandler was requested from Exeter.
Crews are currently at work with four ladders, two compressed air foams, one hose reel jet, and four breathing apparatus in use. Minor asbestos has been found at the property.
They are trying to minimise damage but Mr Blackburn said it is likely the whole roof will be lost to the fire.
Fire fighters are currently using foam to minimise water damage to the building.
At 10.46am crews were removing thatch from the roof and carrying out salvage operations.
Ten breathing apparatus wearers from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue and six breathing apparatus wearers from Cornwall Fire Service were combatting the blaze.
The incident is ongoing. Check back for more as we have it.
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