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Major city fire caused by 'electrical fault'

Firefighters say a major fire in the centre of Exeter which took nearly 12 hours to get under control was most likely started by an "electrical fault".

15 crews were called to tackle the blaze at it's height, after smoke started billowing out of Richer Sounds basement.

The incident at the electrical store happened in July, with roads having to be closed and nearby residents evacuated. Luckily no one was seriously hurt.

The aftermath of the fire which started at Richer Sounds
15 fire crews attended the scene at its height
Roads were closed for more than 24 hours and nearby residents evacuated


Lorry crash causes major delays on M5 in Devon

The damaged lorry is now on the hard shoulder of the M5 northbound Credit: ITV News

There are major delays on the M5 in Devon after an accident involving a lorry.

The M5 northbound is closed due to accident investigation work between Junction 29 for Exeter and 28 for Cullompton. It's causing congestion all the way to the services at Junction 30.

It is expected to remain closed into the afternoon.

One lane is also closed southbound between Junction 28 for Cullompton and 29 for Exeter due to repairs to the central reservation following the accident

  • Diversion for northbound traffic

Traffic is to leave the M5 at J29, head in to Exeter and turn right on to Ambassador Drive then the B3181 toward Cullompton and follow the solid circle diversion signs.

Protests held against Devon hospital cuts

Campaigners in Exeter

Protests are taking place against proposed cuts in hospital services in Devon.

Over a thousand campaigners are at County Hall in Exeter after rallying outside NHS offices in the city this morning. They are furious that draft plans suggest closing the A&E, maternity, paediatric and stroke units at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple as health commissioners try to cut a projected deficit.

Alternatives would be located in Plymouth or Exeter, under the NHS's Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

Protesters in Exeter this morning. Credit: ITV West Country
The protest has been organised by North Devon Save Our Hospital Services. Credit: ITV West Country
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