Passerby stopped fire in Axbridge hotel from turning into disaster

The Oakhouse Hotel in Axbridge. Picture: Google

The Oakhouse Hotel in Axbridge. Picture: Google - Credit: Archant

A passerby managed to stop a fire caused in an Axbridge hotel from spreading in the early hours of this morning (Saturday).

Two fire engines from Cheddar and Burnham-on-Sea attended after a call from a resident at The Oakhouse Hotel reporting alarms sounding in the building at around 1.35am.

Fire control also spoke to a passerby who was making a delivery opposite and had noticed a fire in the hotel on The Square.

The brave man entered the property and managed to enter the hotel, extinguishing most of the fire using a fire extinguisher.

When the fire crew from Cheddar arrived at the scene, they entered the property wearing breathing apparatus and managed to exitinguish the rest of the fire using a hose reel jet.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the fire, in the bar area, was caused by an unattended candle which ignited a picture frame and artificial flowers.

The spokesman said: “The fire was extinguished using a fire extinguisher, one hose reel jet, thermal imaging camera, two breathing apparatus and small tools.

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“The property was ventilated using two positive pressure ventilation fans.

“The cause of the fire was accidental and duty of care was left with on site management.”

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