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Investigations continue into overnight fire on High Street

Investigations are continuing this morning after a fire in Gillingham's High Street in the early hours of this morning.

Crews from the town as well as Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton and Yeovil all attended.

They were called just after 1.30am.

A spokesperson for the Dorset and Wiltshire service said: "Description: At 01:40 hours DWFRS received a call to a premises on High Street, Gillingham which was believed to be on fire. 3 pumps (1 x Gillingham pump and 2 x Shaftesbury pumps) were mobilised along with an aerial and support pump from neighbouring Devon & Somerset FRS and a flexi duty officer.

" On arrival the crews found the first floor of the building smoke logged and requested 2 further pumps attend (1 x Sturminster Newton and 1 x Mere). 

"A incident command unit from Sherborne was also mobilised to support the incident ground. 

"Crews used 8 breathing apparatus, 2 hose reel jets and 2 main lines to extinguish a fire in a storeroom on the first floor. 

"Ventilation was carried out using 2 breathing apparatus and positive pressure ventilation fan. 

"At 03:20 the incident was scaled down to 3 pumps who are now currently damping down and assisting with fire investigation."

Before that a fire crew from Bridgwater helped cut someone free after an accident on Rhode Lane.

A spokesperson for the Devon & Somerset service said: "Two Fire Engines from Bridgwater were sent to a report of a single vehicle collision. 

"On arrival crews confirmed one vehicle had gone in to a ditch with one male not physically trapped but unable to get out of the vehicle. 

"Crews assisted Ambulance personnel in removing the casualty onto a stretcher and made the vehicle safe."
 

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