Fire breaks out in block of Stonehouse flats – updates

Fire crews are still on the scene after a massive blaze at a block of flats in Plymouth this morning. Fire control received numerous calls to a flat on fire with possible persons still inside the property in the Stonehouse area of Plymouth just after 4am.

The fire was in the basement flat of a five storey building and was spreading to ground floor flat. Crews from across the city, as well as further afield rushed to the scene.

The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed and but fire investigator are on scene. Caroline Place remains closed between Miller Court and Stonehouse Street.

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A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “This morning fire control took numerous calls to a flat on fire with possible persons still inside the property in the Stonehouse area of Plymouth. Control mobilised two fire appliances from Greenbank and one fire appliance from Camels Head along with an officer.

“Within three minutes of the first crews arriving on scene, crews confirmed one flat well alight and they requested a fourth appliance for additional resources and personnel. This was mobilised from Plymstock.

“The minutes later, crews confirmed there was a well-developed fire in a basement flat and crews were using four BA, three Hose Reel Jets, one Safety Jet and small tools. Crews also request a fifth appliance for additional personnel which was mobilised from Crownhill. The incident command unit from Totnes and additional officers were also sent upon this request.

“There was a fire in basement flat of a five storey building was spreading to ground floor flat. Crews were mobilised from Yelverton and Plympton along with the welfare unit from Ivybridge.”

The spokesperson added: “Crews have completed a full search of all flats and confirmed there was no one within any of the flats. They’ve confirmed the fire is now extinguished and are wearing BA to dampen down hotspots.”

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