A local resident has captured the moment flames took hold of a bungalow in Exeter and ripped through its roof.

Fire crews have been battling to tackle a fire which broke out this morning in Whipton.

The fire is now said to be under control and an assessment on the extent of the damage is being made.

It is believed six fire engines were sent to the scene, including ambulance crews. It was since been confirmed the property was believed to have been empty.

Firefighters at the scene of the fire in Woolsery Avenue, Exeter

Firefighters at the scene of the fire in Woolsery Avenue, Exeter (Image: Peter Dunn)

Pete Watts, station manager for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service: “We were called to a domestic bungalow fire in Exeter. Initially four appliances were mobilised to a serious bungalow fire.

“On arrival crew found that the bungalow was engulfed in flame mainly in the roof space and the ground floor.

“Further appliances have come from as far as Newton Abbot and Teignmouth. The fire is now under control and we are now taking steps to identify the cause.

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“The cause at this stage is unknown.

“The bungalow is fully involved, roof and ground floor. A serious fire has taken place. The occupants aren’t at home and we are now doing an investigation to discover the extent.”

A local witness who saw the blaze take hold was Chloe Willis, 24.

Bungalow roof collapses after fire breaks out (Image: Peter Dunn)

She said: “I was in the house and could smell smoke. It was about 9am. I thought nothing of it, thinking it was somebody burning something. A while later I opened the curtains and there was smoke everywhere, it was black. I could hear the sirens at about 11am.

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“I went outside to have a nosey around and there was smoke everywhere. ‘As far as I know there was nobody living in the property. I don’t know what’s happened. People are talking and speculations obviously. The roof has fallen in but that’s all I know.”

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