Fire crews called out to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and Saltash in Cornwall

Fire do not cross tape, credit PA
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Fire crews have been called out to two separate incidents in the West Country.

In the first, a floor of Derriford Hospital in Plymouth - including the main entrances - was evacuated because of a suspected fire.

Fire crews were called to Derriford Hospital after reports of the smell of electrical burning in part of the building. Credit: Paige Goring

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called at around 2.15pm on Thursday 16 July to reports of a smell of electrical burning in an office.

“Four fire engines and other special appliances were sent, but a lot are coming away again.

“There was a smell of burning in an office and we are still investigating to be sure, but there’s no sign of fire at the moment. We’ve scaled it back to two appliances.

“Because of where it is, we send several fire appliances. It always looks worse than it is.”

Firefighters outside Derriford's Hospital, which was partly evacuated after someone smelled electrical burning. Credit: Paige Goring

In the second incident, two engines from Devon and Somerset Fire Service and two from Cornwall Fire and Rescue were called to a building fire in Essa Road in Saltash just before 2pm on Thursday 16 July.

Fire broke out in the roof of a house in Essa Road in Saltash. Credit: Emma Taylor

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We got called at 1.50pm, we've got two appliances there, we got called to a roof fire.

"We are using breathing mask apparatus to fight the fire, it has spread to the adjacent property in the roof space as well."

The fire appears to have since been brought under control with crews damping down at the scene. Nobody was hurt but 22-year-old Emma Taylor's bedroom was destroyed. She lives next door to the house that caught fire.

  • Watch firefighters dealing with the roof fire in Saltash