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Crews tackle thatch fire in Somerset

Fire crews in Somerset are currently dealing with a large fire at a thatched property near North Petherton.

Eight appliances are tackling the blaze at a detached property at Coxhill Farm in North Newton.

Appliances were mobilised from Bridgwater, Taunton, Burnham on Sea, Wellington, Nether Stowey, and Ilminster as well as the high volume pump from Taunton, an aerial ladder platform and water carrier from Bridgwater, and an incident command unit from Street.

Crews arrived on scene and confirmed the property fully involved in the fire. This was a detached property with an annex that was empty. Crews got to work with one foam jet, four hose reel jets and a light portable pump using water from the canal.

– Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue

Bosses reassure staff after catastrophic fire

Bosses at a factory in Gloucestershire have been reassuring staff after a catastrophic fire there earlier this week.

Dowty Propellers in Staverton was destroyed on Wednesday night. The owner, GE Aviation says it is doing its best to get the operation running again. It says it is committed to the workforce and the business.


Statement: Dowty Propellors

Below is a statement from Dowty Propellors who own the factory which caught fire last night.

250 people work there, and fortunately no one was injured:

About 12.30 am this morning (5th February) there was a fire at the Dowty Propellers facility in Anson Business Park (Gloucester, UK). The local fire department, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, were called and responded to the incident immediately. No employees were working in the immediate area at the time of the fire. We’re pleased to say all twenty-nine employees who were on-site at the time of the fire were evacuated safely from the facility and there were no injuries.

We are supporting the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause. The facility will be closed today to assess conditions and we will provide a status update as soon as possible.

About 250 employees work at the Dowty facility in Anson Business Park. Dowty Propellers designs, manufactures and repairs aircraft propeller systems for military and commercial aircraft.

– Dowty Propellers


Fire in Bristol flat started accidentally

The cause of a fire at a flat in Bristol started accidentally.

One man died in the fire at Carolina House in Kingsdown on Saturday 6 September. Avon Fire & Rescue has been working alongside a number of other agencies, including Avon and Somerset Constabulary, to ascertain the cause of the fire.

After a thorough investigation, we are satisfied that the fire started accidentally, most probably as a result of cooking inside the property.

We have passed our findings to HM Coroner in order for a full inquest to be carried out.

– Avon Fire & Rescue Service
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