destroyed by blaze
FIRE FIGHTERS damp down rubble left after the devastating
blaze at the former Lynwood House Hotel. Ref: DT2730
NEIGHBOURS were evacuated from their homes in the
early hours of Tuesday as 45 fire fighters tackled
a blaze at the former Lynwood House Hotel and Restaurant
in Bishops Tawton Road, Barnstaple.
They were taken to nearby Park School while the fire
was brought under control.
The three-storey building was destroyed by the blaze,
the cause of which is under investigation by police
and fire officers.
It was confirmed that a small amount of asbestos
was involved in the fire.
Lynwood House had been derelict for some time, but
was undergoing refurbishment.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue received 59 calls
reporting the incident at around 1.30am. Police officers
on patrol in Barnstaple saw a large amount of smoke
coming from the Newport area and went to investigate.
Initially two fire appliances from Barnstaple were
mobilised. Fire fighters found the building well alight
and called in a further three appliances from Braunton
and Bideford as well as an incident command vehicle
with a support pump from Ilfracombe. A water bowser
and aerial ladder platform from Barnstaple were also
called to the scene.
The fire was brought under control by 3.18am, but
some fire fighters were still at the scene as commuters
made their way to work around 9am, keeping watch on
piles of wood smouldering on the site.