Firefighters forced to walk to fire after parked cars block vehicle

Firefighters were forced to walk to a fire after badly parked cars blocked their vehicle. 

A fire fighter on scene in Slapton - credit Kingsbridge Fire Station 

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service crews from Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe were called to a kitchen fire in Slapton just before 8.30pm. 

But when they arrived at the scene they found that the fire engine was blocked from accessing the address by badly parked cars. 

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Unfortunately an all too familiar problem of parked vehicles not leaving sufficient room for emergency services access within the towns and villages of our station area meant our crew initially having to proceed on foot to the incident."

An all too familiar problem of parked vehicles not leaving sufficient room for emergency services

When the crew made it to the address they found "a commercial kitchen well alight with fire".

The spokesperson continued: "The kitchen was severely damaged by the fire and once it was out our crews continued to cut away and pull ceilings down to ensure there was no further fire spread. 

"Our crew returned to home station just after midnight to clean down equipment and make ready for use once more. We returned to the incident at 2am for a revisit to check for hotspots and possible re-ignition before getting into their beds just after 4am." 

Fire engines are 2.3m wide, making them 25 per cent wider than a Ford Focus. Just because cars can get through doesn't mean there's enough room for our emergency services.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental. 

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