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Devon chimney fire warms Santa's toes

Father Christmas: no comment on Devon chimney fire Credit: John Phillips/EMPICS Entertainment

Emergency crews were called to a chimney fire at a house near Plymouth early this morning. Two fire engines rushed to the home in Yealm Park, Yealmpton to find a well-established blaze involving a wood burner.

The lintel of the chimney breast was badly damaged. Fire crews used ladders and specialist chimney gear together with thermal imaging cameras to make sure the blaze was extinguished. Nobody was reported hurt.

Father Christmas was not available for comment.

The clean-up continues in Yealmpton

Nine flood warnings are still in place today as parts of the region recover from the weekend's flooding.

Yealmpton in South Devon was among the worst affected places after the River Yealm burst its banks on Saturday.

Many properties suffered flood damage, and the clean-up is now underway.

Our cameras have been in Yealmpton over the weekend. Here are the latest pictures this morning: