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Firefighters tackle thatch blaze for hours to bring it under control

Multiple vehicles attended the scene of a fire in the thatched roof of two properties in Yampton.

A specialist crew was also brought in from Somerset. They've pulled the thatch down and used an aerial platform and high volume water pumps to tackle the flames.

Crews even managed to rescue many of the belongings from both homes.

Group Commander Robbie Woods has praised all who helped bring the fire under control:

People out there watching this who own a thatch are probably quite concerned and I would say if you've got any concerns at all, and if you've not got precautions in place, contact your local fire station or look at the website and we'll be able to offer you any assistance that you need

– Robbie Woods, Group Commander for West Devon

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Chimney fire spreads to thatched roof in Yealmpton

Chimney fire spreads to thatched roof Credit: ITV West Country

A chimney fire at a house in Devon has spread to the thatched roof of two properties.

On arrival at the address in Yealmpton crews confirmed that 25 per cent of the thatched roof was alight. Just after 5pm crews called for further assistance, and firefighters are still tackling the fire.

10 appliances have been called to help deal with the blaze, including an Aerial platform from Crownhill, a Water Bowser from Plympton, High Volume pumps from Clyst St George and a Command Support Unit from Wiveliscombe.

Five teenagers arrested after fire in Brixham

Five teenagers have been arrested after a huge fire at a disused holiday camp in Brixham. A 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of arson. A 16-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage to property.

And a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage to property. All five have been bailed until August pending further enquiries.

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Dartmoor ablaze

Fire on board pleasure cruiser on River Dart

The African Queen was well alight when fire crews arrived Credit: Paul Reid

Fire fighters have spent the night dealing with a fire on board a boat moored in the Dart Estuary at Dartmouth.

The 51ft pleasure boat called The African Queen was well alight and a number of appliances were required.

The 51ft pleasure boat has been badly damaged Credit: Paul Reid

First pictures of the Horns Cross cottage fire

The scene this morning at Horns Cross Credit: ITV News/Seth Conway
The cottage has been virtually destroyed inside Credit: ITV News/Seth Conway

15 fire engines and more than 70 fire crew members have been working on the fire at a thatched cottage in Horns Cross near Bideford. No one is inside the building. The A39 has been closed. Our reporter Seth Conway is at the scene and has sent these pictures.

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