Fire fighters are working to put out a fire at the Pilton Fryer in Barnstaple this evening (Friday).

Fire fighters deal with the fire at the Pilton Fryer in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony GussinFire fighters deal with the fire at the Pilton Fryer in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin

The chip shop owner raised the alarm just before 4.30pm and fire appliances from Barnstaple and one from Braunton responded, with the Barnstaple aerial platform and another appliance from South Molton immediately sent for.

The middle of Pilton Street around the chip shop remains closed as fire fighters get on with their work.

The fire started in an extraction unit and spread to the roof space and was threatening neighbouring homes, but no-one was injured.

Incident commander and group manager Jeff Harding told the Gazette the fire was still ongoing and they expected to be there for some hours yet.

Fire fighters deal with the fire at the Pilton Fryer in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony GussinFire fighters deal with the fire at the Pilton Fryer in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin

He said: “At the moment we are trying to get to all the little hot spots and fight it in the roof spaces, which are very challenging due to their size.

“We are doing a lot of salvage work as well and trying to move peoples’ belongings out of the way.”

Four fire fighters donned breathing apparatus and crews were also using a fog spike to piece holes in the roof voids to reach the fire.

Group manager Harding added: “We are very sorry for the people this has affected; it’s a key point for the community, so we have to do what we can to work with the owner.

Fire fighters deal with the fire at the Pilton Fryer in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony GussinFire fighters deal with the fire at the Pilton Fryer in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin

“The fire crews have worked really hard and really well in a challenging situation and a tight space.

“Thankfully it was called in quickly by the owners. If it had happened at midnight it would be a lot worse, so it was good action on their part.”