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16 people evacuated from flats after deliberate fire in Taunton

Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue

10 people had to be evacuated from a block of flats - and 6 had to escape through a window - after a fire was started deliberately.

Firefighters were called at half past midnight this morning (8/10) to The Court, Victoria Street, Taunton.

Ambulance and police also attended as people were reported as being trapped inside.

10 persons were evacuated from the property and 6 escaped through a ground floor window.

9 of them were treated for slight smoke inhalation and the fire was put out safely.

Police say the fire was started deliberately and an investigation has been launched.

Caravan centre owner: 'We are devastated that this has happened'

Ten fire engines worked to bring the fire under control Credit:

A fire which tore through a family-owned caravan centre in the early hours has destroyed more than a hundred caravans worth over £1 million.

More than 60 people called the emergency services and a fleet of 10 fire engines were mobilised to Highbridge Caravan Centre in Somerset - where the blaze was eventually brought under control.

Philip Davies, Director of Highbridge Caravans, praised the quick-thinking actions of a security guard who raised the alarm.

We are devastated that this has happened...More than 100 caravans have been destroyed and as each has a value of around £10 to £15,000 the overall figure will be around £1million.

I'm thankful that our security guard spotted the fire early and thank the emergency services for their work - we had ten fire engines at the peak of the incident.

– Philip Davies

The cause is not yet known but it is originally through to have started in a shed or fence on the perimeter of the site.

No one was hurt, and since no buildings were damaged the workshop, sales area and awnings shop are still open for business.

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