Ottery firefighters called to £80million Met Office in Exeter

PUBLISHED: 14:24 23 January 2018


Ottery firefighters were called to the £80million Exeter Met Office after smoke detectors were set off early this morning (Tuesday).

Upon arrival, at about 2.30am, crews confirmed slight smoke logging in a switch room inside the building, in Fitzroy Road.

The firefighters found smouldering and exposed cables before they isolated the power supply.

A Met Office spokeswoman said the building was not closed and had not been closed overnight.

She added: “There has been a fire related incident in one of our IT halls overnight which was quickly brought under control. No one was hurt and we are now recovering affected systems and bringing them back online and keeping our customers informed.”

The spokeswoman said the supercomputer continued to run as normal and that their forecasts were available on their website and through their app.

It has been reported that some forecast services were disrupted this morning.

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