Crewkerne fire crews were kept busy over the Easter weekend with ‘five shouts’, that included an incident at Wayford when Crewkerne Fire Station and Beaminster Fire Station joined forces to extinguish a shed fire, containing building materials and tools, on Friday April 2nd at approximately 18:30 hrs.
On Sunday April 4th, Crewkerne Fire Station mobilised an appliance at around 16:30 hrs, to assist with relief fire crews at a major incident in Wilmington. The thatched roof fire at the White Hart Inn on the A35 between Axminster and Honiton was attended earlier in the day by 15 pumping appliances from across Devon, Somerset and Dorset, along with a Water Carrier and Aerial Ladder Platform from Danes Castle, a Welfare Unit from Crediton, High Volume Pump from Taunton and the Incident Support Unit from Martock.
First reported at around 11:54 hrs on Sunday morning, fire crews created a fire break in the thatch and used compressed air foam lances and hose reel jets to bring the fire under control. A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fire at Wilmington was a good example of how resistant boarding under the thatch can give fire crews time to make a fire break. Our crews worked extremely hard to strip the burning thatch and limit the damage to the building.” The cause of the fire has been confirmed as accidental. (Our feature photo of fire crews tackling the thatched roof fire at Wilmington was supplied by the fire service).