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45 Firefighters Tackle House Blaze

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7:01am 22nd June 2012

Forty-five firefighters have tackled a big house fire in Camborne where they feared people were trapped.

Teams were called to Pengegon on Thursday evening. Luckily, everyone was able to get out of the house in time.

But crews had to battle the blaze for three hours before they got it out, calling in back up from as far away as St Just and Penzance.

Pirate FM has learnt their job was made more difficult by the amount of stuff hoarded.

Teams say it can make it easier for the flames to travel and harder for people to escape.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said, "Hoarding is a serious problem across the country and jeopardises not just the occupiers of the premises but neighbours and fire-fighters. The increased fire loading, the possibility of hidden fire travel, difficulties in access and egress present a significant risk.

"Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is involved in the creation of a hoarding working group at present in an attempt to work with local housing providers and landlords to try and mitigate the potential risks by working with all parties including the tenant to try and educate and inform them of the dangers of hoarding and put any precautions in place to secure the safety of all concerned.

"If anyone has any concerns about hoarding and the possible dangers to friends and family or would like assistance with this problem in any way please contact Cornwall Fire and Rescue service on 0800 3581 999."

7:01am 22nd June 2012

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