Firefighters were called to a cafe hut on Coryton Cove Beach, Dawlish, today (Saturday 26th April) due to a fire that had been started deliberately.
Crews were alerted to the incident after reports of something on fire next to the train station. One appliance from Dawlish was initially mobilsed to the incident, however a further appliance from Teignmouth was later called to the scene.
On their arrival at 1.41pm crews confirmed the fire to involve a single storey cafe, which was well alight, crews got to work with four breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet.
Fire crews who took part in the operation to remove a sheared cliff face from above the rail line between Dawlish and Teignmouth have been recognised at today’s re-opening ceremony.
The rail line to Dawlish was re-opened today following its closure due to serious damage caused by severe storms in early February. Some of the crews involved were at Dawlish railway station this morning to see the first train since the closure pull into the station.
Dawlish station has received a green makeover prior to its re-opening thanks to TV gardener Toby Buckland and the Friends of Dawlish Station.
Mr Buckland said: “As a Dawlish man born and bred I was horrified by the damage to the station but it wasn’t until I saw it for myself and spoke to the station manager that I realised that I could do something to help.
“It’s been great to be part of helping the station to bounce back greener than ever.”
The newly improved forecourt at Exeter Central station was officially opened today after a £660,000 enhancement project.
The scheme was joint funded through Devon County Council’s successful bid to the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to improve access to stations, as well as £185,000 from Exeter City Council and a further £160,000 from Network Rail.
A photo which allegedly shows a family cycling on the rail line between Exeter and Dawlish has led to warnings against using the line from British Transport Police and Network Rail.
The photograph appeared on social media apparently showing a family of cyclists using the tracks in the Powderham area while work continues by Network Rail to repair damage caused by severe weather earlier this month.