Sidmouth fire engine rescued in hail storm

A SIDMOUTH fire engine had to be rescued by the fire service after it got stuck in a severe hail storm this morning. The fire engine, which was on its way to help residents in Toadpit Lane in West Hill, Ottery St Mary, got stuck at around 2 or 3am. Stuart

A SIDMOUTH fire engine had to be rescued by the fire service after it got stuck in a severe hail storm this morning.

The fire engine, which was on its way to help residents in Toadpit Lane in West Hill, Ottery St Mary, got stuck at around 2 or 3am.

Stuart Collings, Sidmouth Fire Station Manager, said: "We were on our way to a job to help people who were affected by the storm.

"We turned a corner and got bedded in about 18 inches of hail which was about 20 yards long."


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A fire engine from Exmouth helped the firefighters out of their predicament by winching the engine out of the compact hail.

Stuart added: "We were stuck there for a good few hours and managed to get out of it by 5am this morning.

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"It wasn't too bad as we were able to assist people in the area who needed help.

"All of the neighbours were very kind and made us cups of tea.

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