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2:47pm 3rd April 2012
(Updated 2:47pm 3rd April 2012)

It could be months before families in Constantine can move back to their fire-ravaged homes.

30ft high flames ripped through a row of cottages on Sunday night after burning oil leaked from a domestic fuel tank.

At its height, around 100 firefighters battled the blaze.

Eyewitness Barry Butland tells the Westcountry Tonight it is a miracle no-one was hurt: "Flames about thirty foot high. Terrific smoke in the sky. It was very dramatic. If that happened say at two in the morning with everybody sleeping, can you imagine what the effect of that would have been? There were children. There were couples. It could've been a total disaster".

Cornish fire bosses are urging locals worried about their oil heating systems to get in touch.

Spokesman Martyn Addinall tells the Westcountry Tonight it is a miracle no-one was hurt:

"The flowing fuel ran down behind the back of the properties and spread into their gardens and then spread to the properties back porches, kitchens etc. The watch manager on the pump as he drove through Treverva village, which is a fair distance away from this property, noticed a large amount of smoke and actually called for more appliances on route to the incident."

2:47pm 3rd April 2012

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