Posted by: yelvertonfirestation | October 11, 2014

Fire Call, 11th of October, House Fire, Horrabridge.

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At 10:51 on the 11th of October, appliances from Tavistock and Yelverton were called to a house fire at Horrabridge. Yelverton arrived at the scene first and quickly established the fire had been caused by bread resting on top of the toaster causing bread in the toaster to activate the element and burn the bread setting the smoke alarm off.

Remember, some toasters activate when the bread is pushed down into the taoster and placing anything on top of the toaster is an accident waiting to happen no matter how your toaster works.



  1. Hi to you all at Yelverton As usual your blog makes very interesting reading, You have been very busy this past couple of weeks I have a question for you whilst on stand by @ stn 50 you attended the ” cat incident” you suggested the T/l attend the next day if necessary. But could this be used on soft ground? I/e grass.
    Also what is the procedure at retained stations when the pagers go off, would it be first 5 to arrive ride the pump?

    Many thanks and keep up the good work

    • Hi Mark, Thanks for the comment. The T/L can be deployed from grass dependant on how firm it is. I’m not sure if tthe T/L was called for the next day, my experience of cats up trees would lead me to suspect it had self rescued by the morning. Reference the manning question, the first five ridw assuming you have an OIC and driver. Its a little more complicated because we have FF’s with OIC qualifications but they can only go out in charge if no substantive junior officer is on call and if wew have a new recruit on board we can ride with six.

      Hope that helps

      Thanks again

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