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Families escape burning bungalow
Fire bungalow, Bude
Eighteen animals were also rescued from the bungalow
Two families have escaped from a fire which destroyed a bungalow in Cornwall.

Firefighters from Bude and Launceston tackled the blaze on the A39 between Helscott and Box's Shop, near Bude.

Ten people and 18 animals including a ferret, chinchilla and goldfish were rescued from the property. A lamb and goose in the garden were unharmed.

No-one was injured. An investigation into the cause of the fire is being carried out, but it is not thought to be suspicious.

The fire was alongside the main A39 and the crews used a fire hydrant situated in the middle of the busy road.

Police assisted with traffic control while this was carried out.

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