A house in the centre of Cullompton has been badly damaged in a fire which could be seen for miles around the town.
Six fire engines, the aerial platform ladder and three other support vehicles from across Devon and Somerset lined Fore Street as dozens of firefighters fought the blaze which sent thick black smoke across the town.
Pictures and video from the scene showed the destruction caused to the roof of the house, located near the White Hart Inn in Fore Street.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said they received “numerous calls” to the property in Fore Street.
Neighbours told DevonLive that they believe all of the occupants of the house had safely managed to evacuate the building before the arrival of the fire brigade.
The fire was first reported at 7.23pm on Wednesday August 5.
A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Statement said: “Three fire appliances from Cullompton, Middlemoor and Tiverton were immediately mobilised by fire control.
“Due to information coming in of the roof involved, Fire Control also mobilised an Aerial Ladder Platform from Danes Castle.
“On arrival, the Incident Commander confirmed there to be a fire in the roof and ground floor of a dormer bungalow type property and requested the attendance of a further three fire appliances from Tiverton, Wellington and Danes Castle. A command support unit from Honiton, a welfare pod from Burnham on Sea and an Incident Support Unit from Bovey Tracey were also mobilised for Incident Support.
“Crews got to work to extinguish the fire using breathing apparatus, a hose reel jet, a safety jet and an attack jet. “
At 8.21pm a water bowser from Danes Castle was also sent to the scene.
One young mum on the other side of Cullompton said: “The smoke is like smog. It smells of plastic.
“We had to shut all the doors and windows.”