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Inquest held into the death of a man in Plymouth flat fire

Fire crews at the scene of the fire in Union Street. Credit: ITV West Country

An inquest into the death of a man who died in a flat fire in Plymouth on New Year's morning, will be heard today.

George Somers, 43, died in the early hours as fire raged through his top storey flat in Union Street.

The former nurse was set to marry his partner Bart Somers, who managed to escape from the flat fire.

The inquest was formally opened in January when evidence of identification was given.

Trebetherick nursing home residents evacuated after fire

Residents evacuated from nursing home after fire Credit: ITV News

Twelve nursing home residents in Cornwall will have to spend the night in alternative accommodation after a fire broke out in their care home.

Three crews attended the incident at the residential home in Trebetherick this morning.

The fire broke out in the kitchen and had spread throughout the ground floor.

Staff had evacuated everyone out of the building by the time firefighters arrived. An investigation is now underway as to what caused the fire.

Eleven firefighters on two appliances from Wadebridge and Bodmin were mobilised to the incident.

A number of repeat calls to the fire were received so a third appliance from Delabole carrying six crew was assigned to the incident.

Smoke was issuing from the property on crews arrival, fortunately staff at the residential home had evacuated all of the 12 residents.

– Cornwall Fire and Rescue

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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

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
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