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Fire in loft area of two properties

Shortwyre Street, Colchester
21/09/2017 @ 11:05
Incident Number: 63350
In attendance: 2 x Colchester, 1 x Wivenhoe, 1 x Chelmsford (ALP)


Firefighters were called to the scene of a fire in the loft area of two properties this morning.

On arrival, fire crews reported that the loft area of a flat and storage area of a shop were alight, with the fire spanning an area of 15 by 5 metres.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 11.58am and then, using thermal imaging cameras to identify remaining hotspots, cut away areas of the roof to remove any risk of reignition.

The fire was caused accidentally by a blow torch, during construction work on the roof area.

Both loft spaces have been destroyed, while the shop below suffered minor smoke damage.

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