Two chimney fires at thatched properties in North Devon

09:39 15 February 2013


Fire crews attended two separate incidents at Chulmleigh and Welcombe yesterday.

THREE fire engines were called to a thatched property in Chulmleigh early yesterday evening (Thurs) to reports of a fire.

The chimney and the lintel above a wood burner were reported to be involved in the blaze and fire engines from Chulmleigh, Witheridge and South Molton attended at around 6pm.

The timber beam was heavily involved in the blaze and crews used small tools to cut it away, as well as a hose reel jet to extinguish the flames.

In a separate incident at 7.15pm, fire crews from Hartland and Bude were called to reports of a chimney fire at a pub in Welcombe.

The pub had a thatched roof and crews extinguished the fire using chimney rods and small tools.

Related articles


Other News Stories

Yesterday, 19:37
An ariel view of the PegasusLife plans for Knowle.

A developer lined up to buy the East Devon District Council (EDDC) offices at Knowle has unveiled its vision for a retirement community on the site.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00
Graham Long in Upottery with his laptop. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 7459-42-13TI Graham Long To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24

Graham Long, a parish councillor in Upottery, has warned that delays in securing a contract to install more fibre-optic cables could lead to businesses leaving rural areas - and problems for homeowners trying to sell their properties.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:59
The Sidmouth Friends of the Samaritans held their AGM this week. Pictured are chairman Sue Kensdale with from left Ron Harbour (treasurer), vice chairman Gerald Hayne and Denis Jones (sec). Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3446-08-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

The loss of Sidmouth’s Samaritans support group will have a ‘major impact’ on the running of the service, says the leader of the charity’s Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
Freddie Woodcock, pictured with grandchildren Izabella Woodcock, Beau Watson, and Jay Woodcock, and copies of his book, The Secret Coin.

A Brixington grandfather, who has overcome dyslexia to write his first novel, is hoping to encourage others to write.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:25
Frederick and Agnes Reed

American family seeking to reunite their grandfather with his beloved wife, who is buried somewhere in Bideford

Read more
Yesterday, 13:38
North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy Keeble

Healthcare trust to keep impact on services minimal throughout industrial action

Read more
Yesterday, 12:59
MP Hugo Swire visit the King's School this week where he is pictured meeting students in the Teen Health Group. Ref sho 7123-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Hugo Swire praised students for their ‘passionate determination’ to address important issues

Read more
Yesterday, 12:39
The Coca-Cola Christmas lorry will be in Barnstaple Square until 8pm today. Picture: Andy Keeble

Famous red lorry brings festive cheer to town Square

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Brixington Church

Plans to demolish Brixington Community Church and spend £2.5million rebuilding it could be altered to ease residents’ concerns, the Reverend Simon Atkinson has said.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:12
Neil Messent.

Oil industry worker Neil Messent also admitted production of cannabis and possession of class C drugs and was jailed for a total of two years.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Find a job in Devon

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications