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HUGE fire engulfs an abandoned building in Cornwall

HUGE fire engulfs an abandoned building in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 9:09am 28th December 2019. (Updated at 10:53am 28th December 2019)

Above photo: St Columb Community Fire Station

A massive fire has engulfed an abandoned building in mid-Cornwall.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue had a string of 999 calls to say flames could be seen shooting from the roof at Par.

Locals have told Pirate FM the blaze broke out at the old school on St Blazey Road.

Initially, crews from Fowey and St Austell were called on Friday night.

They scrambled back-up from St Dennis, Lostwithiel, Launceston and St Columb, as part of the roof collapsed.

Police and South West Water were also informed about the incident, as teams worked to stop the fire from spreading.

“At 2258hrs the Critical Control Centre received a number of 999 calls from nearby residents stating a local abandoned building was on fire, with flames being seen coming through the roof.

“Appliances from Fowey and St Austell were immediately mobilised alongside a wholetime officer. 

“On arrival two additional appliances were requested and appliances from Lostwithiel and St Dennis were alerted.

“Crews arrived to find a building approx. 30m by 15m was well alight and part of the roof had collapsed. 

“Using hose reel jets and main jets the crews started the fire fighting effort.

“Specialist vehicles joined the effort from Launceston (Incident Command Unit) and St Austell (Operational Support Vehicle).

“Update @ 00:30hrs: The incident has been increased to 5 pumps, with St Columb Major crew being mobilised. 

“The Incident Commander has sectorised the incident and firefighters are working to prevent fire spread.

“Update @ 02:02hrs: Firefighters on scene have confirmed that no hazards are present and the incident will be scaling down shortly. 

“South West Water have been informed as the fire is being fought with water supplemented from nearby hydrants. 

The Police have also been informed of this incident”.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

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