Escalating fire

By in Emergency Services

FIRE crews were called to back up colleagues grappling with an escalating chimney fire in Hawkcombe last night (Wednesday).

Porlock fire service was first on the scene just after 6pm with one engine and the 4x4 but, on arrival, the crew called for a second appliance, with extra personnel and equipment, which came from Minehead.

And then at 7.25pm a third fire engine was called because of “the complexity of the incident”. This also came from Minehead.

To begin with, the fire was contained within the flue and crews had to remove the wood burner and register plate to reach it.

As they fought the blaze from the hearth using chimney rods, smoke began issuing from another fire place in the upstairs bathroom.

The fire broke through the flue liner and into the chimney breast, so a plan was formulated with a 135m ladder, a fog-nail and ’safety at height’ equipment.