Insect factory inferno doused after 12 hours
A 12-hour overnight battle against the blaze at an insect factory in Rooksbridge was extinguished an hour ago.
The firefighting operation to put out the blazing building used as a live insect production unit has finally been extinguished - after 12 hours.
It has been confirmed that the entire building and its contents were destroyed by the fire, which required eight breathing masks, five hoses, two main jets, one compressed air foam jet and one safety jet to be used.
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The company, set up by Steve Rolfe, posted a message on its website saying "Unfortunately due to a serious fire we are temporarily unable to take any orders".
Fire control received several calls reporting a building fire at Livefood UK in Rooksbridge.
At 3.51am three engines from Burnham-on-Sea and Cheddar were sent along with a water carrier from Bridgwater.
On arrival crews found a large building alight. The property was a single storage unit containing live feed for lizards and reptiles.
Crews requested an additional pump to attend the incident from Avon Fire Rescue. Avon sent two engines, making a total of five appliances plus the water carrier.
An Incident Command Unit was mobilised to attend and police were also called to attend.
Water was pumped from a nearby swimming pool to help sectorise the fire.
An incident support unit was mobilised to attend for breathing apparatus servicing.
A mixture of foam and main jets were used and The Environment Agency and Bristol Water were informed about the mixture.
The Incident Commander requested a further three engines at one point during the night, making a total of eight pumps at the fire.
Appliances from Wells, and Bridgwater were mobilised to attend and the ambulance service were called to the fire to be on standby.
At 4.56am request was made for further personnel to be mobilised from Burnham on Sea and catering was also requested. A catering unit from Crediton joined the other appliances to support the firefighters.
A further request for an additional water carrier was made making a total of two water carriers at the scene.
This storage unit which is made of brick and metal cladding was ub-divided into individual areas.
Almost an hour later crews were working in what they dubbed Sector 1 with one hose reel jet, Sector 2 with four breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and two main jets.
In Sector 4 of the fire, crews worked with two hose reel jets.
At 6.13am it was decided that this would be a lengthy incident but good progress was being made against the fire.
Additional cylinders were requested for the breathing apparatus.
By 6.48am the incident was being scaled back and relief crews had been organised, not long after, Sector 4 discontinued firefighting.
At almost 8am Sector 1 had crews working with two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet and Sector 2 had reduced to using two breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet and a safety jet. The crews started turning over and damping down the remains of the building.
The number of appliances at this incident was eventually reduced to three pumping appliances, one water carrier, an Incident Command Unit and a Welfare Unit.
The fire investigation is still ongoing.