Two Weston homes damaged by fire

Dickenson Road, Weston-super-Mare

Two homes have been badly damaged by a fire in a roof void.

Firefighters from Weston-super-Mare and Winscombe fire stations were called to a terraced property in the early hours of the morning. On arrival crews found a fire involving the roof of a two storey building, converted into flats. The occupants of a first and ground floor flat had safely escaped from their homes.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the property in an attempt to tackle the blaze, but were forced to withdraw as a result of concerns over the stability of the roof. An aerial appliance was then used to tackle the fire from above. The fire also spread into the roof of a neighbouring property, where a family was evacuated from.

Firefighters worked into the morning to extinguish the blaze and cut away damaged areas of the homes to ensure the fire was completely out. The incident caused extensive damage to roof and first floor flat in the building where the fire started. Fire and water damage was also caused in the adjoining home.

The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service also attended the incident to help those whose homes were evacuated. The British Red Cross helps people cope after a fire or emergency, providing practical help, advice and comfort.

The cause of the fire was believed to be accidental.