Somerset

Waitrose fire in Wellington town centre tackled

Waitrose fire, Wellington, Sunday, 21 July
Image caption The fire broke out at 06:00 BST on Sunday at the Wellington branch of Waitrose

Crews from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue have tackled a blaze at a supermarket in a Somerset town.

The fire service was called at 06:00 BST to the Waitrose store in High Street, Wellington, on Sunday.

Half the roof at the entrance of the building has collapsed but the main building is in intact with only smoke damage, fire crews said.

Matt Goodman, from the fire service, said: "It would appear the fire started on the outside of the building."

"It then quickly spread to the roof so there is a significant amount of damage to the roof, but thankfully due to the early actions of the Wellington crew we could get a large weight of response to the scene.

"We've been able to prevent it spreading to other areas of the building, so the main store on the inside has got a reasonably small amount of smoke damage."

Engineers were called to switch off the electricity supply to the building.

A spokesman for Waitrose said: "Luckily no-one has been hurt and we are very grateful to the fire service and police for their prompt and professional help."

An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun.

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