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Fire service warns parents about school holiday arson

Fire crews have been called out several times to Plymouth's former Quality Hotel. Credit: Hannah Gow

Devon and Somerset Fire Service is urging the public to be more vigilant around derelict buildings during the school holidays - after two recent deliberate fires at an abandoned hotel in Plymouth.

Fire crews have been called out several times to the former Quality hotel in the city.

The fire service says young people are putting their lives at risk with the current trend of setting fire to empty buildings.

It also warns that fires spread much more quickly in derelict structures, that firefighters' lives are being put at risk - and that the fires tie up valuable resources that could be used elsewhere.

“The fire and rescue service is encouraging parents to be aware of where their children are and what they are up to during the summer break. Derelict buildings can be seen as playgrounds and young people do not understand the danger they are putting themselves in.”

– Paul Bray, Fire Protection Manager, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

Fire crews offer advice to residents after fatal blaze

The house in Long Sutton which burnt down on Monday night Credit: ITV News

Fire crews will be offering safety advice to residents of a Somerset village following a fatal house fire earlier this week.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the blaze at Long Sutton, but there have been several recent incidents where the victim lived alone.

They will be knocking on doors and will also be outside the post office 9am-5pm and at the village hall from 3.15pm until the weekend.


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Woman dies in Somerset house fire

Police are trying to find the woman's next of kin. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A woman has died following a fire at the Dower House in Long Sutton last night.

The victim has not been formally identified yet but is believed to be in her sixties. Police have been trying to find her family, and are appealing for witnesses to the fire.

Fire crews battled the blaze for several hours last night, and investigations have continued today.

Police say the incident is not being treated as suspicious at this stage. Anyone with information has been asked to call Yeovil Investigations via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101, quoting log number 941 of 21 June.

VIDEO: Tanker catches on fire on Devon road

At least six fire engines were called to the scene this morning. Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue

Six homes had to be evacuated after a tanker carrying 10,000 litres in Devon this morning.

Crews were called to the A388 at Holsworthy just after 8am, when the tanker, containing 10,000 litres of red diesel and 600 litres of kerosene went up in smoke. Overhead phone lines were also damaged.

The fire service is working with the Environment Agency to minimise any problems caused by the fuel, however no injuries have been reported.

Janet Acres sent us this video of the flames.

Tanker catches on fire on Devon road

A tanker carrying 10,000 litres of diesel and 600 litres of kerosene has caught fire on the A388 near Holsworthy in Devon.

At least six fire engines are on the scene and residents living nearby have been evacuated. Nobody has been hurt.


Chief Fire Officer to get higher salary than Prime Minister

Lee Howell will have a higher salary than the Prime Minister. Credit: ITV News

The Chief Fire Officer of Devon and Somerset has been awarded a 6% pay rise - meaning he'll get a larger salary than the Prime Minister.

The Fire Authority voted in favour of the recommendation for Lee Howell's salary this morning, giving him a pay rise of £9,000.

Front line officers have been told their pay rise will be capped at 1%.

Dolphin stranded in the River Parrett

A dolphin has become stranded in the River Parrett Credit: Jimmy Hancock

What is thought to be a dolphin or a porpoise has become stranded in the River Parrett in Bridgwater.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue say it got stuck close to the Bristol Channel coastline.

Firefighters launched a rescue effort in conjunction with the RSPCA after being called shortly after 6pm last night.

A DSFR spokesman said: “At this stage it is hoped that with the tide going out that the animal will manage to swim in the right direction back to the sea."

Three in hospital after Plymouth house fire

The fire started on the ground floor of a house in Chaddlewood Avenue Credit: ITV News

Three people have been taken to hospital after fire crews rescued them from a house fire in Plymouth.

The fire started on the ground floor of a house in Chaddlewood Avenue in St Judes early this morning.

The woman and two men were trapped upstairs. They were rescued from a first floor window and taken to the city's Derriford Hospital suffering from severe smoke inhalation.

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