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Investigation update after a major fire in Redruth

Investigation update after a major fire in Redruth

Published by Emma Carton at 11:53am 4th January 2019. (Updated at 11:57am 4th January 2019)

Firefighters have confirmed a blaze at a Cornish garage was so severe, parts of the building collapsed.

At its height, more than 70 firefighters were fighting the flames on the outskirts of Redruth.

Teams from Tolvaddon and Falmouth called in back-up from stations from St Just to Dennis.

The fire was so intense, it could be seen from the A30.

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A major fire on the outskirts of Redruth has caused such severe damage to a garage, parts of the building collapsed

No-one was injured after the fire broke out on Bucketts Hill, just before 2am on Friday.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service says the damage was so severe, it was too dangerous for crews to go inside.

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At its height, around 70 firefighters from across Cornwall were battling the blaze which closed Bucketts Hill in Redruth, 

Group manager Mark Salter is in charge of the investigation and says it seems to have started at the back of the building.

"Because the fire damage is so significant and severe, the structure has partially collapsed so for teams to go inside is too dangerous.

"So therefore we're doing an external scene survey, speak to witnesses, speak to people who know what was inside the structure and where things were.

"From that, we'll try to piece together what may have happened".

"When you've got a fire that's developing rapidly, the incident commander has to identify what appropriate fire-fighting tactics to deploy, ensuring that members of the public are safe.

"That must be maintained right thought, even when the fire has started to die down and decay, to ensure that nobody is injured.

"I'm pleased to say, in this case, nobody has been injured.

Mark Salter

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