A FAMILY of five from St Columb were woken at 3am today to sounds of explosions as a fire raged through a workshop just 50 yards from their home.
Mia and Andy Burnett, of Tregaswith, leapt out of bed and rounded up their three young children, as well as Mia’s sister in law Daisy and her two children who are staying for Christmas.
Six fire crews arrived at the scene within 10 minutes and began battling the flames, which had already destroyed Mr Burnett’s BMW that was stored in the barn.
Crews initially feared gas cylinders or petrol may be stored in the building, which is used as a car and motorbike workshop, but the landlord was contacted by phone and confirmed this was not the case.
Mrs Burnett told the Cornish Guardian: “I woke up to what sounded like fireworks and then I saw thick smoke from the window. I’ve never seen anything like it before; it was crazy.
“We dialled 999 and by the time we all got out the door the fire service were already there. They were brilliant. Because they didn’t know what was in the shed they were going to ask us to leave but then the landlord said there was nothing in there.
“We’re just glad nobody got hurt. It was all a bit of a shock.”
Crews from St Columb, St Dennis, St Austell and St Just, two crews from Newquay and the water carrier from Wadebridge all attended the incident.
The incident was scaled down at 6.30am before the scene was made safe.