April 23, 2008
In photos: Huge fire
tears through former Highbridge Hotel
huge fire broke out on Tuesday evening (April 22nd) at the site
of the unoccupied, former Highbridge Hotel
in the centre of the town.
crews from across Somerset rushed to the scene after initial reports
of smoke being spotted - and the blaze was not fully extinguished
until after midnight.
fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea, one fire engine from Bridgwater
and a Control Support Unit from Street were sent to the scene
at 9.29pm. [See
further fire engines, a turn table ladder and other supporting
appliances were also requested and a total of 50 firefighters
were involved in tackling the blaze with more than six water jets.
A38, which runs past the property, remained closed on Wednesday
morning while emergency services, which included police and paramedics,
dealt with the incident. And over 90 homes in the Highbridge area
were without power during the incident.
fire engine and a hydraulic platform were still keeping a watching
brief and damping down hot spots on Wednesday morning as the investigations
to the building has been difficult due to the fact that the doors
and windows are boarded up," said a fire spokesman.
property was a three-storey, disused building measuring 15 x 20m
and the whole building was ablaze. The incident comes three days
after a suspicious
fire at the same property.