Fire rages through building in Ottery St Mary

PUBLISHED: 10:43 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:33 14 September 2018

Six fire crews at the scene of blaze at Ottery Pine Shop. Picture:  Clarissa Place

Six fire crews at the scene of blaze at Ottery Pine Shop. Picture: Clarissa Place

Clarissa Place

Thirty firefighters have worked hard to contain the blaze and bring it under control

The fire that broke out above The Pine Shop, Ottery. Picture: Jeff AbbottThe fire that broke out above The Pine Shop, Ottery. Picture: Jeff Abbott

A large fire has broken out and ripped through the roof of a shop in Ottery St Mary.

Ottery’s town centre was brought to a standstill after the blaze broke out at The Pine Store this morning (Friday).

Six fire crews are at the scene and it has been reported that the fire is on the second floor and roof of the building.

The cause is not yet known.

The fire that broke out above The Pine Shop, Ottery. Picture: Jeff AbbottThe fire that broke out above The Pine Shop, Ottery. Picture: Jeff Abbott

Residents have taken to Facebook to share their photos and videos of the flames billowing through the roof and smoke rising high into the sky and around the town centre.

Alan Gilson is the incident commander at the scene.

He said: “I got the call at about 9am, the initial crew picked up at about 8.50am. The initial report was of a fire in the roof.

“Three pumps were initially called and they requested the aerial appliance as well, as it was a roof fire. My crew have worked extremely hard and professionally to contain the fire from spreading to the nearest properties.”

Fire crews tackling blaze in Ottery St Mary. Picture: Clarissa PlaceFire crews tackling blaze in Ottery St Mary. Picture: Clarissa Place

The fire that broke out above The Pine Shop, Ottery. Picture: Jeff AbbottThe fire that broke out above The Pine Shop, Ottery. Picture: Jeff Abbott

At this point firefighters are damping down hot-spots and making sure there the fire is completely out.

There are about 30 firefighters at the scene but the number of fire engines will be reduced to four soon.

There have been some evacuations as a precaution but no injuries.

Fire crews in action at The Pine Shop Ottery. Picture:  Clarissa PlaceFire crews in action at The Pine Shop Ottery. Picture: Clarissa Place

An occupant of one of the flats in one of the neighbouring buildings was at work at Sainsbury’s.when her colleagues told her what was happening.

She said: “They asked me where I lived and what flat I lived in.

“They said the flat above the pine shop was on fire and I legged it to the scene.”

Ros Browne was on her way to work when she saw the fire.

Fire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry DrewFire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry Drew

She said: “I thought it was just that a chimney was quite smokey.”

Realising that it was more serious than that, she ran across to Pearson’s and asked them to phone 999.

She then rang Martin Shaw, who owns The Pine Store, and told him: “The flat above your shop is on fire.”

Local roads remain closed and all the neighbouring businesses have shut up shop for the time being.

Fire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry DrewFire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry Drew

A structural engineer from East Devon District Council has been taken up in the aerial appliance to assess the condition of the roof and chimney stack. There is some concern over the stack as it is leaning into the building.

Do you have any pictures or videos? Please send them to callum.lawton@archant.co.uk or on Facebook at Sid Herald.

Fire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry DrewFire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry Drew

Fire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry DrewFire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry Drew

Fire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry DrewFire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry Drew

Fire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry DrewFire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry Drew

Fire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry DrewFire at Ottery St Mary. Picture: Kerry Drew

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