Firemen tackle huge blaze at Exeter car dealership

A car dealership in Exeter has gone up in flames, requiring 40 firefighters to tackle the blaze.

The fire started at Hendys Car Supermarket, located on the Marsh Barton Industrial Estate in Exeter, in the early hours of yesterday morning (1 May), the Herald Express has reported. The incident has left large sections of the building damaged but the company has released a statement saying that thankfully no one was hurt and no damage was caused to the vehicles in the showroom.

Despite the dealership avoiding damage to its vehicles, it will almost certainly still need to call upon its combined motor trade insurance policy to get cover for the substantial damage to the premises. Additional business interruption insurance, should they have obtained it separately to a standard motor trade insurance policy, could also provide a pay out following audited accounts at the end of the year if the dealership has to be shut for a substantial length of time to run repair works.

Fire crews were called to Hendys at 5:34 am and by the time they arrived on site the majority of the building was alight. It took a team of around 40 firefighters – using six breathing apparatus wearers, two hose reel jets, two main jets, two positive pressure ventilation fans and a host of small tools – the best part of two hours to get the flames under control.

The fire services and police have launched an investigation into the currently unknown cause of the fire.