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Firefighters praised after massive blaze at Cornish manor house

Firefighters praised after massive blaze at Cornish manor house

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 9:35am 22nd December 2019. (Updated at 12:20pm 22nd December 2019)

Emergency crews are being praised for their hard work after a massive blaze broke out at a manor house in Cornwall.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the roof of the burning building in Milltown near Lostwithiel.

Flames spread to two floors of the 18th century property on Saturday morning.

60 firefighters from the town, Fowey and Bodmin scrambled back-up after several 999 calls.

Police, paramedics, the Environment Agency and Western Power were all called too, and the job has been described as "extremely challenging".

Manor House Fire

The scene was scaled down during the afternoon but teams stayed on the scene overnight to monitor and damp down any hotspots.

"It's been a busy period with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service today, many stations across the county still engaged into the evening. 

"As the duty tactical officer, I'd like to pass on my gratitude to all firefighters, officers and control staff. 

"As always a pleasure to serve with you all."

Mark Salter, duty tactical officer

Manor House Fire

"At 08:53 this morning our critical call centre received calls to a property in Milltown with smoke issuing.

"Crews from Lostwithiel, Bodmin and Fowey were mobilised. Lostwithiel arrived first on scene and quickly made pumps 6 and requested a water carrier due to a lack of hydrants in the area.

"At 09:59 make pumps 10 was requested and at 11:30 a make pumps 12 request was made. A total of 60 firefighters were on scene using BA, hose reel jets and main jets.

"Relief crews have been sent to the scene and 4 pumps will remain on scene throughout the night.

"This was an extremely challenging job for crews on scene, a very well done to all personnel and thank you for your efforts."

Lostwithiel Community Fire Station

Here is a timeline of what happened: 

  • 08:53: Critical Control received a 999 call reporting smoke issuing from a large manor house. Three appliances were mobilised from Fowey, Lostwithiel and Bodmin Community Fire Stations.
  • 09:08: Assistance Message: Make Pumps 6 Water Carrier 1.
  • 09:24: Fire in three-story 18th Century Manor House. 2 Hose Reels, 1 Safety Jet and 1 Covering Jet in use.
  • 09:59: Assistance Message: Make Pumps 10. All Breathing Apparatus crews withdrawn due to risk to firefighters.
  • 10:07: Ambulance Incident Commander now on scene.
  • 10:17: Chief Fire Officer informed.
  • 10:31: Environment Agency informed and Environmental Risk Assessment being completed. Water being supplied from an open water source, light portable pump in use.
  • 11:21: Fire in three-story detached manor house. Fire in first floor and second floor roof space. 4 Breathing Apparatus, 5 main jets, 3 light portable pumps.
  • 11:35: ladder and 3 triple extension ladders in use. Police, Ambulance, Western Power Distribution and Cornwall Council Emergency Management also in attendance.
  • 11:44: Assistance Message: Make Pumps 12, Additional personnel required.
  • 16:00: The incident has now been scaled down to 6 major pumping appliances on the scene.
  • 22:00: The incident has been scaled down even further with 2 major pumping appliances in attendance overnight to monitor hotspots.

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