Blaze tackled at high rise flats

Fire engine responding to an incidentMonkton Avenue, Weston-super-Mare

Fire crews have dealt with a fire in a high rise block of flats in Weston-super-Mare.

A number of 999 calls were received reporting a fire within a flat on the fifth floor of the eight storey building. Four fire engines from Weston-super-Mare Fire Station were sent to the scene; they were later supported by appliances from fire stations at Avonmouth, Clevedon, Kingswood, Porthishead, Winscombe and Yate.

The first crews on scene were faced with a well developed fire which had broken through windows of the flat at the front of the building. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus made their way up to the property and used hose reels and jets to bring the blaze under control.

The efforts of crews ensured the fire was prevented from spreading to neighbouring properties and only the flat where the fire started was damaged.

The fire caused smoke logging in corridors on the same floor and on floors above. During the incident firefighters assisted in the evacuation of the building.

One woman was treated at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital by ambulance. Her condition was not believed to be serious.

The cause of the fire, which caused severe damage to the flat, is unknown.