Fire service warning after Barnstaple outbreak

Joseph Bulmer

THE fire and rescue service has warned households to keep combustible materials away from heating sources following a call to a flat in a Barnstaple sheltered housing development at midday today (Wednesday).

Clothes next to a wall heater are believed to have been the cause of the outbreak in Water Lane, Newport.

A spokesman from Barnstaple fire station said there was a small fire involving smouldering clothes. This had produced a significant amount of smoke, which was noticed by the warden of the development.

Two fire appliances from Barnstaple attended the scene and used

breathing apparatus, a hose reel and ventilation equipment.

The outbreak was in the ground floor bedroom of the two storey building.