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Tuesday, 6 November 2007, 08:59 GMT
Fire service busy with 130 calls


Devon's fire control received about 130 calls in six hours on bonfire night.

A spokesman said about 80 of the calls concerned bonfires and others were made about fires in bins, trees and hedges.

Seven crews spent an hour tackling a fire that destroyed 480 sq yd (400 sq m) of gorse land at Woodbury Common in east Devon.

In Exeter, a mother-of-two called the emergency services after a wheelie bin was set alight and pushed up against her front door.

Firefighters and a member of the public managed to help the mother and two children escape the heavily smoke-logged house within 10 minutes of the call.

They were all treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

The calls to Devon fire control were made between 1800 GMT and midnight on Monday.