Christmas was saved for one North Devon family thanks to a crew of retained fire fighters. A large family gathering was taking place on Christmas Day in Bishops Nympton when a chimney fire broke out just after 3pm. Fire fighters from South Molton were mobilised to the property and found the fire in the chimney had spread to a beam. They tried to keep disruption to a minimum as they removed the woodburner and a large amount of soot, then extinguished the fire. Luckily Christmas dinner went ahead as planned and fire fighters wished the family a merry Christmas before heading home to their own loved ones.