Our first priority is our tenants says council

Three East Devon District Council bungalows were damaged by a fire which spread from the loft of one of the buildings in Musbury on Monday June 19.

A resident in one of the bungalows at Northfields called the council’s Home Safeguard service at around 11am to raise the alarm. Home Safeguard called the fire service and three fire appliances from Axminster, Colyton and Seaton attended the blaze. Smoke detectors and smoke alarms were activated in neighbouring properties and the tenants of the four bungalows were evacuated. One woman was treated by an ambulance crew at the scene for smoke inhalation and minor burns.

John Golding, East Devon District Council’s Strategic Lead for Housing, Health and Environment, said the council was assessing the situation and the damage to the bungalows. One of the tenants has been provided with temporary accommodation. 

Mr Golding said:

Our first priority was that our tenants were safe. Several of our housing officers have visited the site to provide support and assistance to the tenants.

Our fire alarms and smoke detectors worked effectively in the buildings, alerting tenants and Home Safeguard to the situation. This enabled the fire service to attend the site quickly and get the fire under control and minimise the damage. The village hall was opened as a rest centre but residents preferred to remain on site. We intend to refurbish the properties so that the tenants can move back at the earliest opportunity.