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VIDEO: Forty firefighters tackle blaze in Gulval near Penzance

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

  • The roof of the house was damaged after a fire broke out in Gulval

  • Firefighters tackle a "significant" blaze in Gulval last night

  • The roof of the house was damaged after a fire broke out in Gulval

  • The roof of the house was damaged after a fire broke out in Gulval

  • The roof of the house was damaged after a fire broke out in Gulval

  • Firefighters at the scene of the house fire in Gulval

  • Firefighters at the scene of the house fire in Gulval

  • Firefighters at the scene of the house fire in Gulval

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At least five people including two children had to be evacuated from their homes after a "signifcant" house fire broke out in Gulval last night.

Forty firefighters and four fire engines from Penzance, St Just and St Ives, plus supporting units from Launceston, Falmouth and St Dennis helped tackle the blaze.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue service received five calls just after midnight and on arrival crews found one semi-detached property of two floors with the roof well alight.

Police and an ambulance were on scene but there was no one in the house, on Seaview in Gulval Churchtown, at the time of the fire and it is thought the house is a second home.

Mum Dawn Kingston, with children Libby and Camilla and husband Dan, were evacuated from their house next door to the blaze.

The neighbour on the other side of the house also left her property and was taken in by neighbours.

Mrs Kingston said: "My husband heard crackling and saw flickering out of the window – we have got gas bottles out the back.

"The wind was coming this way and it looked as if it was coming towards our house. We were worried about our neighbour on the end."

She said it was very lucky that there was no one in the house.

Firefighters took five hours to extinguish the fire, which is believed to have been caused accidently and was confined to one building.

Mark Salter, station manager for Truro fire station who was called out to the blaze as he lives nearby, said: "As we approached we came via Tesco and along Jelbert Way. We could see at that point that it was a significant fire.

"At that stage we requested four engines because it was going to require a number of fire engines.

"With any property that's attached there's a very real risk that the fire could spread naturally across."

Mr Salter said the firefighters had acted quickly to get the fire under control from the outside so that other team members could enter the property using breathing apparatus.

"We risk our lives in a calculated manner to save saveable property. This was saveable property," he said.

"In my opinion it was an excellent response from the team. It could have been a different story if people were in there."

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  • trevl  |  January 30 2013, 9:38PM

    I agree with DogsDanglies and S1lver that a grand job was done by the emergency services. Had it not been for them the outcome may well have been different. Every house owner surely has the responsibility to ensure that his property/ies are kept in a safe condition and especially so if they are left vacant for any length of time.The old adage, 'out of sight, out of mind',rears its head. And Cornwall does have a very high percentage of second homes whether in Cornish or distant ownership. Congratulations go to Mr Kingston for his prompt action.

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  • S1lver  |  January 30 2013, 8:44PM

    As a neighbour to the said property I have to agree with DD. The ownership of the property is unimportant. As Mark Salter said ... "In my opinion it was an excellent response from the team. It could have been a different story if people were in there." The important thing was that everyone was safe ... property can be replaced, lives cannot. Five children under ten were woken and evacuated from their homes in the middle of the night. They and their parents are all safe and the fire brigade did a superb job in quickly containing the fire and stopping it from spreading. Well done to them.

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  • DogsDanglies  |  January 30 2013, 6:30PM

    @trevl: the "second home" comment in the article is totally irrelevant to the story. It could have happened if, in fact would have been more likely, the occupants had just gone out for the evening. Or away on holiday. Or out to the shops! DD

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  • trevl  |  January 30 2013, 5:28PM

    In my comment I never mentioned the titles Cornwall or Cornish. I have no personal knowledge of the nationalities of the neighbors or of the attending members of the emergency services. I assume that 'Truro_England' assumes that I am some sort of an extremist Cornish Nationalist/Separatist. The same goes for the green arrow raters. How else could he have ranted on in the infuriated way that he did? I have lived a long,(in my 75th year),and fairly active life. I served as a regular in the British Armed Services until I was invalided out due to injuries whilst on active service. My wife is a 'Maid of Kent' although she regards herself as Cornish now. She gave me 2 wonderful Cornish sons. With all due respects to Cornish Maidens, I couldn't have had a better wife. 'Truro_England' was correct,I assume, in assuming that I was Cornish. Fact... I am Cornish and proud of it. Just like thousands of others who consider themselves to be Cornish but are not political activists. I assume that the same sort of thing applies to England and the English! I refuse to stoop to so low a level as 'Truro_England' and his ilk. I took some time out to cool down or my reply may well have been peppered with numerous expletives! Oh... By the way... I have an English neighbor on one side and a group of Lithuanians on the other side. There are good and bad in all nationalities, 'Truro_England'. You seem to bear a grudge against Cornish people. It may make you a lot happier if you made a permanent move to England. Or anywhere else for that matter!!!! It would make me a lot happier. Ecstatic,even, if you would take a couple of your green raters under each arm!!!!

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  • Truro_England  |  January 30 2013, 1:05PM

    @trevl.. So Cornish people have and do not own second homes themselves in the UK or other countries? I know a few Cornish families who own property in France and Spain, but I guess thats fine because they are from Cornwall ?

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  • trevl  |  January 30 2013, 12:20PM

    Empty second homes putting local residents and emergency service lives at risk. Another good reason for not having them.

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