Hedgehog rescued in Barne Barton fire has ‘perked right up’

A hedgehog is recovering after suffering burns in a fire which broke out in the Barne Barton area of Plymouth. Ten fire engines were sent to the scene to respond, with neighbours also coming together to tackle the blaze. No injuries have been reported except for slight burns to a hedgehog which was given some emergency care and perked right up afterwards..

Fire crews were called to reports of a fire in a play park, and when they arrived, they found that the fire was spreading to the neighbouring properties. The crews quickly made an attack on the external areas of the houses and flats and commited two breathing apparatus teams to stop and prevent fire spreading further into the dwellings. Once the blaze had been contained, five trucks stayed on site.

The area was hosed down with hose reel jets. Read more: Barne Barton estate comes together after fire breaks out Eyewitnesses said that several homes were damaged but there have been no injuries reported other than a hedgehog who seems to have 'perked right up' after some caring attention from the Fire Service team.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service told PlymouthLive earlier today that a fire investigation would take place. In an update from Buckfastleigh Fire Station Facebook page, images show the extent of the fire damage including several properties damaged. Another image shows many fire trucks in attendance at the incident.

Fireman with hedgehogFireman with hedgehog

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire Service said: "We were called to the Barne Barton area of Plymouth to reports of a fire in a play park, when we arrived we found that the fire was spreading to the neighbouring properties.

"The crews quickly made an attack on the external areas of the houses and flats and committed two breathing apparatus teams to stop and prevent fire spreading further into the dwellings. The residents and neighbours had initially worked really hard to help prevent the fire spreading and then helped with information that meant we knew all persons were safe and accounted for. "The only injury we encountered was a hedgehog who had some slight burns to his rear quills, after a good cooling down and lots to drink he perked right up and went on his way. "We hope that all persons who have been affected by this fire are soon able to get back in their homes and we thank them for their help and understanding today."

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