FIREFIGHTERS from Newton Abbot have been on multiple shouts over the past 48 hours.
These have included a car that crashed in to a shopfront and covering for a house fire.
On their Facebook page our firefighters report: ‘A few days for the crews of Newton Abbot, which saw us mobilised to multiple calls within the last 48 hours.
‘A callout of note saw us turn out to reports of a dangerous structure in the Torquay area.
‘Whilst on our drill yesterday evening, we were called to standby duties at Torquay Fire Station.
‘This was due to them being in attendance at a house fire. While en route, we were then mobilised to the incident previously mentioned.
‘Upon our arrival, it transpired that a car had lost control and collided into a shop front.’
This was in Reddenhill Road in Babbacombe.
‘Crews quickly set up cordons and evacuated the residents from the flats above. This was due to the potential of building collapse.
‘Once a safe area had been set up, crews worked within the risk area to inspect the damage and risk assess for the potential of collapse.
‘Crews were satisfied that the damage caused was primarily superficial, and that there were no signs a significant collapse would occur.
‘Crews made the building safe by removing what remained of the shop front. This was achieved with ceiling hooks being used to pull down and remove all remaining unsecure debris.
‘The vehicle's electrical system was also isolated, therefore making the vehicle safe. Finally, crews used fuel absorbent pads and drain blockers to prevent fuel and other vehicle based fluids entering the water systems.
‘The incident was handed over to the Police and thankfully, no one was displaced or injured as a result of this call out.’