YEOVIL NEWS: Large fire at derelict building in Sherborne Road
FIREFIGHTERS have been working through the night following a large fire at a derelict building in Sherborne Road in Yeovil.
The alarm was raised at 2.20am on Thursday (October 19, 2017) morning and firefighters from across the area were mobilised.
By 5am there were seven fire engines at the scene with three from Yeovil, two from Sherborne and one each from Martock and Crewkerne along with two aerial ladder platforms from Yeovil and Taunton.
A water carrier was also in attendance from Yeovil, a command unit from Street and a welfare appliance from Burnham-on-Sea.
The operation involved numerous firefighters with police officers and ambulance paramedics also in attendance.
A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “The derelict building measures approximately 50m by 50m and has a range of floors.
“The main workshop space was well alight and there has been a partial collapse of the building.
“Crews have been using a thermal imaging camera to monitor for hotspots in adjacent properties and work to prevent fire spread. All firefighting is external due to the partial collapse of the building.”
The spokesman added: “There is believed to be cylinders inside and this is currently under investigation. Water is being supplied from hydrants and there are a number of main jets in use.”
Western Power were called out to confirm the electricity was isolated to the building, while three relief fire crews from Chard, Wincanton and Ilminster were called out to act as relief.
At 7.30am a further four fire engines and two aerial crews were to be mobilised as relief support.
The spokesman added: “Fire investigations will continue in daylight hours alongside the police.”
The incident is ongoing and further details will follow.
PHOTOS: Supplied by Yeovil Fire Station.