Oven fire sparks alarm in town centre

Firecrews cordoned off The Square in Barnstaple after being called to a fire in a flat.

Firecrews cordoned off The Square in Barnstaple after being called to a fire in a flat. - Credit: Archant

Barnstaple Square cordoned off following flat fire

FIRE crews cordoned off The Square in Barnstaple last night (Thursday) after being called to a fire in a flat.

Two fire engines and a hydraulic platform from Barnstaple attended the first floor flat at around 7.20pm.

The initial callout reported a flat on fire so crews cordoned off the road as a precaution.

But on inspection, the fire, which had taken place in an oven, was out on arrival.


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Incident Commander Wayne Keenan said crews used two breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet as a precaution.

He said: “It turned out to be a small fire in a first floor kitchen involving an oven.

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“It appeared the oven had not been used for some time and caused the fire.

“We’d like to remind people to make sure their grill pans and ovens are kept clean to prevent a fire.”

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