Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting COUNTY GAZETTE to 80360 or email us
Fire rips through exotic reptile food depot in Rooksbridge
This live event has finished
- Large fire at a storage building near Rooksbridge
- Crews from across the area called to tackle blaze
- Eight fire engines at the scene at the height of the fire
- No-one believed to be injured
FIRE crews at the scene of the incident.
ANOTHER view of the damage.
THE fire has affected the Rooksbridge depot of Livefood UK.
The internet-based company supplies live insects such as locusts to owners of reptiles and other exotic animals across the country.
THE scene of the blaze.
Building #Fire at #Rooksbridge, #Somerset - further updates http://t.co/uXDFWN6ldC via @sharethis— @DSFireUpdates 17 October 2013
A LARGE fire which broke out at a building in the early hours near Highbridge, which eight fire engines were called to at its height, is still being tackled by crews.
Three fire engines from Burnham and Cheddar and a water carrier from Bridgwater were sent to Rooksbridge following several reports of a building fire shortly before 3.30am today (October 17).
Additional help was requested and five fire engines were at the scene before 4am, as well as an Incident Command Unit and the police.
Crews got water from a nearby swimming pool to fight the fire at the live feed storage unit, which measures 50m x 22m.
A further three fire engines from Wells and Bridgwater were called to the incident at 4.45am and the ambulance services was called to be on standby at the scene.
More personnel were called throughout the morning, with various additional equipment requested.
A fire service spokesman said, shortly before 6.13am: “Reports from the fire ground are that this will be a protracted incident. A water shuttle is in operation using the water carrier, and pump to maintain water supply.”
The latest report at 8am suggests the incident is now being scaled back and that crews are damping down, with resources at the scene down to three fire engines, one water carrier, an Incident Command Unit and a ‘welfare unit’ now.
The fire investigation is still ongoing.
Do you have information or pictures of the fire? Call the newsroom on 01278-727960 or email email@example.com