Devon

Fire at Salcombe waterside property

Firefighters used water from the sea and a swimming pool to get a fire under control at a waterside property in a south Devon resort.

Residents were evacuated safely from the ground floor of the three-floor Salcombe Court in Cliff Road, Salcombe.

The cause of the fire at the recently refurbished property is being investigated.

Roads around the area will probably be closed to traffic until Tuesday, said Devon County Council.

House fears

Neighbour Carol Tee said she was alerted by smoke coming from the penthouse apartment of the property at about 0715 BST.

"Within 10 minutes flames were pouring from all the windows," she said.

"We knew everyone was safe because the only occupants were the family on the ground floor and they had escaped.

"Our main concern was to prevent our house being burned down, it's made of wood.

"Our daughter's partner tried to keep the flames at bay with a hose until the fire brigade arrived."

Three fire engines from Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Modbury were joined by five further appliances.

The fire service said the first and second floors were severely damaged and the rest of the house was smoke-logged.

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