Busy Christmas for Devon fire crews dealing with crashes, arson…

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Car crashes, an arson attack on a caravan and burns at a bonfire have all had the attention of one Devon fire crew over the Christmas period.

On Christmas Day, Buckfastleigh crews were sent to the Rising Sun pub at Woodland, near Ashburton, after a report of a chimney fire. This was extinguished with the use of chimney gear followed by a check over with the thermal imaging camera. A few hours later the crews was then sent to Ashburn Gardens in Ashburton to assist the ambulance to gain entry to a flat.

On Thursday morning, at 6.36am, the crews along with colleagues from Ashburton, were mobilised to reports of an overturned vehicle in the lane in the area of Thynacombes, South Brent.

A fire service spokesman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered the driver trapped within the vehicle. Crews stabilised the vehicle allowing entry through the rear door allowing the casualty to be led to safety and assessed by ambulance personnel.

“No sooner had we returned to home station we were mobilised to reports of a caravan on fire in South Brent. On arrival, crews were met with a caravan that was well alight and that was completely destroyed. This caravan had been disposed of in the lane and purposely set alight. The vehicle was extinguished using a hose reel and two breathing apparatus. This incident was reported to the Police.

“Finally, at 4.41pm, we were mobilised to a property in the Deancombe area of Buckfastleigh to reports of young male suffering with burns.

“Upon arrival, crews assisted the paramedics in dealing with a young male who sustained burns to his upper body, including his face, neck and arms. This was caused by a stray aerosol or small gas canister within a small bonfire the family were having. Crews made the area safe and left the casualty in the care of the ambulance service.”

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