Sadly, following yesterday’s blaze, the situation deteriorated. Yesterday evening, 27 pumping appliances, 4 aerial ladder platforms, and other supporting appliances were still in attendance at the incident in Exeter. Relief crews were being called in from across the fire service area.
By 23.30 hrs, a further 12 fire engines were requested to relieve some of the crews at this incident.
Today, at 05.15 hrs, a further 8 fire engines were requested to attend the incident. There was a partial collapse of the front fascia of the Royal Clarence Hotel. By 08. 15 hrs, crews confirmed that a gas main has ruptured inside the hotel on the ground floor, which is now well alight. Gas engineers are on site trying to isolate the gas supply. Crews are currently using 4 jets, from 4 aerial platforms.
This was yesterday morning. Today, 100 firefighters remain in the centre of Exeter, as the High Street set ablaze. Costa Coffee also now on fire, according to Spotlight, though Vince on Twitter suggests it hasn’t spread as far as we think and media reports may be incorrect. Whatever the detail, it’s a sad weekend for Exeter, but great work from the emergency services, as ever.