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VIDEO: Ipplepen major blaze cause still unknown

By HEGuyH  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

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FIRE investigators were still piecing together the cause of a major blaze which took five fire appliances and two water bowsers to Ipplepen just after 7.30pm on Tuesday.

The incident, classified by the fire service as a 'large fire' was at an industrial site at Wrigwell, Ipplepen.

On arrival crews discovered a range of buildings and large goods vehicles well alight with possible cylinders involved.

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By 10pm it was reported that three lorries were on fire. LPG gas cylinders were believed to be involved.

Darren Peters, station manager at Torquay, said the call came in at 7.37pm at Wrigwell Industrial estate,Ipplepen.

Crews from Totnes, Torquay, Newton Abbot and Paignton and Brixham attended.

An incident command unit was also set up and a bowser was brought in.

" We now have what we believe to be the remains of two horse boxes and a lorry that were on fire,' he said.

"Our main job was to stop the fire spreading to the nearby containers as some had acetylene in them.

"Five pumps attended and we had around 45 crew members at the scene.

"Our main problem was we had no water supply nearby so had to shuttle water backwards and forwards.

"We believe that before we arrived there'd were a couple of light explosions as there were LPG cylinders.

"We'll have crews dampening down throughout the night. The police have been in contact with the owners of the vehicles."

By 12.30am the incident had been scaled back, said firefighters, with two crews still at the scene. The cause was unknown.

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