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Fire engine comes free with house

Fire engine
The truck would weigh 11,500 kilos if fully laden

A couple who bought a new house in Somerset were surprised to find a fire engine was included in the price.

Ray and Christine Buckler said they did not notice the vehicle when they first viewed the house as it was dark.

They said it was only on a later visit, when they had already decided to buy the house in Ilminster, that they saw the fire engine in the garden.

"I thought one of the outbuildings was on fire. But no, it was part of the house," said Mr Buckler.

"The house looked fantastic, we wanted to go ahead with the sale," he added.

'Drinks cabinet'

The truck, nicknamed "Dennis", measures 10ft (3m) tall, 23ft (7m) long and weighs 11.5 tonnes. It belonged to the previous owner of the house who is a fire engine enthusiast.

The Bucklers sat in the truck
There are 30,000 miles on the fire engine's clock

The couple used the truck as a backdrop to their house warming party.

"All these roller blind sides became the biggest drinks cabinet in the UK," Mr Buckler said.

The vehicle is in perfect working order but because they do not have an HGV licence or the necessary insurance the couple are not able to drive it. The siren was removed when it was decommissioned four years ago.

They have now decided not to let it sit idle and have put it up for sale.

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