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Fire family 'were saved by their smoke alarms'

Fire officers have praised a family for their actions after a fire destroyed their home near Cullompton.

Working smoke alarms alerted the family to the danger when the blaze started in the kitchen of their end-of-terrace property, and they were able to leave their home quickly and safely.

A closed internal door also helped delay the spread of the fire while the four children and their father left the house without stopping to pick up possessions. Two dogs and a cat also left the property safely.

This was a severe fire with temperatures rising to in excess of 1,000 degrees celsius. I would like to congratulate the family for doing exactly the right thing when the fire occurred and having the early warning in place to alert them to the fire. At this time of night, and due to the severity of the fire, this incident could have had more severe consequences.

– Incident Commander Nigel Deasy, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

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UPDATE: M5 in Devon reopens after horsebox accident

The M5 in Devon has fully re-opened between Tiverton and Cullompton following an accident but there are still queues north and southbound.

A horsebox trailer overturned in the middle lane southbound at 1.15pm. Two horses were injured in the incident and have been treated at the scene by a vet.

Drivers are being warned to take care as there are several broken down vehicles on the carriageway. It is still causing considerable tailbacks.