Smoke billows over Torquay after thatched roof catches fire

  • A passerby captured footage of the plume of smoke. Credit: Twitter/Richard Cole

A large fire on a property with a thatched roof in Devon is being dealt with by the fire service.

The fire broke out at 4.35pm on Water Lane in Torquay yesterday afternoon (31 May).

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are warning people in the area to stay safe by closing windows and doors while harmful smoke still fills the air.

As of 9am this morning, (1 June) one fire engine and an aerial ladder are still at the property and fire crews are on a watching brief.

Fire crews from various stations in the area were called to deal with the fire, including Torquay, Paignton, Ashburton, ,Bovey Tracey, Buckfastleigh, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Totnes, Danes Castle, Crownhill, Ivybridge and Clyst St George.