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Fire at mental health facility

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

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FIREFIGHTERS were called to tackle a fire at a mental health facility in Penzance last week.

The fire service was alerted to the blaze at Bolitho House on Laregan Hill just after 1pm last Wednesday by builders who had been working on the property.

The workmen had extinguished the fire by the time firefighters arrived on scene but were worried it might have spread.

Crew manager Tom Randall said roofers had been doing some hot work, probably using a blowtorch, to the external roof of one of the buildings and had acted quickly when they spotted the fire.

"One of the joists had caught fire," he said. "They had it out before we got there using a dry powder extinguisher.

"When we arrived we made sure everybody was out of the building and carried out an inspection."

The crews used small tools to cut away at the joists and a thermal imaging camera to ensure that the fire was out.

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