Greenhouses burn down in St Sampson’s

FIREFIGHTERS responded to a report of a house fire at Plichons Lane, St Sampson’s, at about 6pm yesterday.

The blaze turned out to be in two former greenhouses which had been roofed for some time and were being used for storage. Two water tender fire appliances and a total of nine firefighters attended.

Incident commander Matt Roger said black smoke could be seen billowing as the crews were on their way to the fire.

Smoke from a glasshouse fire in St Sampson's billows towards the west coast. Drone image by Peter Frankland. (29611329)

‘Our primary consideration was to make the area safe to make sure there was no risk to the surrounding property,’ he said.

Structure fire in Greenhouses on Plichons Lane, St Sampsons. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29611317)

Firefighters used what Mr Roger said was a defensive approach.

‘We removed some gas cylinders and the property owner reported hearing a couple of pops,’ said Mr Roger.

Structure fire in Greenhouses on Plichons Lane, St Sampsons. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29611321)

It is understood that a former flower storage unit was among the contents of the structure which was burned to the ground.

Picture by Lee Sebire of a glasshouse fire in St Sampson's. (29611292)

‘It took us about 20 minutes to get the fire under control but we will be here a lot longer damping things down,’ he said.

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