A fire which raged through a Bideford building last night (Saturday) has been extinguished, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed.

Crews were called to reports of a fire in a derelict building next to Rose Hill Activity Centre in Heywood Road at 7.52pm.

The road was closed as firefighters tackled the blaze.

A fire service spokesman said: “The fire has now been extinguished. This was a two-storey derelict building measuring approximately 12m by 10m. The fire started on the first floor and spread to the roof. The roof was completely destroyed by fire and 25 per cent of the first floor was damaged by smoke and water.

“An aerial ladder platform was used as a water monitor fed from a pressure fed supply. A dam provided by the water carrier was also used as a water supply. A total of two breathing apparatus wearers, four main jets and two hose reel jets were used.

“A revisit was carried out this morning to ensure there had been no re-ignition or any remaining hotspots. Crews are happy that the fire is completely out and the incident has now been left.”