Fire fighters dealt with a large fire in the old flats at Atlantic Way in Westward Ho! this morning (Monday, January 20).

The fire at the derelict flats in Atlantic Way, Westward Ho! Picture: John RobertsThe fire at the derelict flats in Atlantic Way, Westward Ho! Picture: John Roberts

Two fire crews from Barnstaple plus two from Bideford and the crew from Appledore tackled the blaze, which started just after 4.30am.

At its height the fire stretched from the ground floor to the roof and Atlantic Way was closed in both directions.

The fire service said due to information from the police the incident was being treated as people possibly being inside, although the building is disused.

At 8.41am it was confirmed that everyone had been accounted for.

Damping down at the fire in the old flats at Atlantic Way in Westward Ho! Picture: Karen WraxtonDamping down at the fire in the old flats at Atlantic Way in Westward Ho! Picture: Karen Wraxton

The aerial ladder platform from Barnstaple, a fire engine from Braunton and the command support vehicle from Ilfracombe, plus a water carrier from Danes Castle and welfare pod from Ivybridge were also in attendance.

Shocked nearby residents took to Facebook to post pictures of the building going up in flames.

At 7.49am the fire service said it was making steady progress and had identified and isolated solar panels.

At 10am two appliances and an aerial ladder remained at the scene dampening down.

The blaze at the old flats in Atlantic Way, Westward ho! Picture: Barnstaple Fire FightersThe blaze at the old flats in Atlantic Way, Westward ho! Picture: Barnstaple Fire Fighters

All fire service appliances left the scene at 12.05pm and the duty of care and securing the premises was left with the police.

The blaze at the old flats in Atlantic Way, Westward ho! Picture: Barnstaple Fire FightersThe blaze at the old flats in Atlantic Way, Westward ho! Picture: Barnstaple Fire Fighters

The blaze at the old flats in Atlantic Way, Westward ho! Picture: Barnstaple Fire FightersThe blaze at the old flats in Atlantic Way, Westward ho! Picture: Barnstaple Fire Fighters

The blaze at the old flats in Atlantic Way, Westward ho! Picture: Barnstaple Fire FightersThe blaze at the old flats in Atlantic Way, Westward ho! Picture: Barnstaple Fire Fighters