Pictures: Elderly woman and cat escape Ilfracombe bungalow blaze

21:55 19 March 2014

The scene on Wednesday evening.

The scene on Wednesday evening.

Archant

Update: Fire crews deal with fierce chalet bungalow fire at hele Bay this evening (Wednesday).

The bungalow fire at Chambercombe Road near hele, Ilfracombe, on Wednesday evening.The bungalow fire at Chambercombe Road near hele, Ilfracombe, on Wednesday evening.

AN elderly woman and her cat escaped from a large and rapidly spreading fire at their bungalow in Hele Bay, Ilfracombe this evening (Wednesday).

Six fire engines plus the hydraulic platform from Barnstaple attended the ferocious blaze in Chambercombe Road following numerous reports of a fire at around 6.30pm.

Group Commander Neil Blackburn said the woman inside had managed to get out fairly quickly, but the fire spread very fast, with a ‘substantial blaze’ shooting from the roof when fire crews arrived.

The first crew on scene called for four fire appliances, soon revising that to six and the aerial ladder. Incident commander on scene was Group Commander Pete Bond.

The bungalow fire at Chambercombe Road near hele, Ilfracombe, on Wednesday evening.The bungalow fire at Chambercombe Road near hele, Ilfracombe, on Wednesday evening.

The cat also made its exit from the burning building and was fortunately scooped up by waiting fire fighters, who were able to put it in dog crate and leave it with a neighbour.

By 8.30pm most of the flames had been extinguished and fire fighters were dealing with smouldering wreckage from the roof, although a large plume of smoke continued to billow from the chalet bungalow.

Two fire engines from Ilfracombe, one each from Combe Martin and Woolacombe, plus two from Barnstaple were in attendance.

The main A399 road between the B3230 New Barnstaple Road junction and the Hillside Road junction remains closed in closed in both directions while the incidents continues, with fire fighters expected to remain on scene for some time.

Fire crews were expected to remain on scene at Hele for some time this evening (Wednesday).Fire crews were expected to remain on scene at Hele for some time this evening (Wednesday).

The cause of the blaze is being investigated but it is not thought to be suspicious.

Related articles

0 comments

Other News Stories

Janet James, from Landkey, receiving a bouquet from lead cancer nurse Charlotte Overney.

Janet James, from Landkey, was the first patient to be treated at the brand new chemotherapy unit in Barnstaple.

Read more
27 minutes ago
Join the Torridge election candidates tonight from 7pm-9pm on the Gazette website.

Tune in from 7pm - 9pm tonight and ask the Torridge and West Devon election candidates anything.

Read more
56 minutes ago
The car was found in a Barnstaple backstreet last night (Tuesday). Picture: Sarah Howells

Peugeot collided with another vehicle in Belmont Road and was later found in an alleyway off St George’s Road.

Read more
North Devon's new chemotherapy unit: The Seamoor Unit.

The chemotherapy unit may be open, but Over and Above still needs people to fundraise.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00
Lydia, Jodie and Millie Cross have welcomed the news a meningitis vaccine will finally be introduced.

The Cross family, whose daughters were both hit by the disease, welcome the news a vaccine will soon be given to all babies in the UK.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:50
Take part in our General Election survey.

We want to know YOUR views ahead of the General Election - take part in our survey here.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Westward Ho!

Village parade will take place on Saturday in Westward Ho! with families asked to take part.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:31
Fire engines2

Three fire engines were called out to Hobbs Hill this morning (Tuesday).

Read more
Yesterday, 07:30
Volunteers and trustees from the NDCCCT handing over the cheque for £300,000.

Final cheque for £300,000 from North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust brings Chemo Appeal to its fundraising total.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00
Katy Quick with two of the young girls she met in Palestine.

Science teacher Katy Quick spent a week visiting children in the West Bank and is now fundraising for Edukid.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder