Fire training at pasty shop

BIDEFORD firefighters had a tasty job on Monday night, fighting a fire in a pasty-makers shop.

Fortunately the incident at Blackwell’s Pasties in Meddon Street was only a training exercise and no people or pasties were burned.

But two fire crews dealt with the scene as if it were real and used breathing apparatus, hose reels, first aid equipment and a thermal imaging camera to enable them to find and rescue a number of ‘casualties’ from the basement of the terraced property.

Andrew Blackwell, a former Bideford fire fighter who owns and runs the bakery business, was delighted to be able to assist the fire brigade in their training and was full of praise for the hard work and the professionalism with which the crews carried out their task.

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