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Woman taken to hospital after being injured by falling tree

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A woman was injured by a falling tree at a home in Teignmouth on Sunday afternoon.

Fire and Rescue Service crews from Teignmouth were sent to an address in Bligh Close at 12.51pm following reports of a person trapped under a fallen tree.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “On arrival crews discovered a female casualty with a tree that had fallen on her. She had head, arm, neck and shoulder injuries. The casualty was removed to a safe location using small tools and chocks.”

The end of Bligh Close where the incident happened

A different spokesman added that the ambulance service had requested the crews’ attendance but upon their arrival the woman was not physically trapped. The crews cut up the tree, which was ‘not a big one’. He added that he could not say how the tree came to fall.

Bligh Close residents told DevonLive that the woman had been taken to hospital and had possibly suffered a concussion. One said: “It wasn’t a serious incident. She was really lucky.”

The ambulance service was unavailable for comment.


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Woman, 58, arrested on suspicion of arson at Teignmouth hotel

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A 58-year-old woman has been arrested after a fire at a hotel on Teignmouth seafront on Tuesday.

The woman remains in police custody in Torquay and police enquiries are under way into the suspected arson at the Bay Hotel in Powderham Terrace.

Fire crews and police were called to the blaze in a bedroom on the top floor of the hotel on Tuesday afternoon.

Watch manager Ian Radford of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 12.43pm we attended a report of a fire at the Bay Hotel. On arrival there was smoke issuing from the third floor window. We requested further resources to attend the scene. We committed two breathing apparatus wearers and a hose reel jet to the third floor of the building to extinguish the fire. There were four appliances in total: two from Teignmouth, one from Newton Abbot and one from Torquay.”

He said a fire investigation unit was working to establish the cause of the fire and he could not confirm whether or not anybody had been injured in the incident.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said that the contents of the penthouse bedroom had been severely damaged by fire and the rest of the penthouse had been severely damaged by smoke.

At 4.26pm on Tuesday an arson detection dog from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was requested to assist with the fire investigation.


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