Five fire crews tackle hay fire in barn

Smoke seen coming from a barn on the Devon and Somerset border prompted a call to the emergency services this afternoon.

A member of the public reported a barn on fire at Slough Lane Cross, Smeatharpe, shortly before 3.30pm. It was quickly discovered the smoke was coming from a haystack in the barn.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says it sent appliances from Taunton and Honiton, as well as a water carrier from Bridgwater.

On arrival, the incident commander confirmed the reported smoke was coming from a hay stack.

A fire and rescue service spokesperson said: “Fire crew worked to locate the seat of the fire with the help of a farmer’s mechanical equipment.

“Two further appliances, from Colyton and Wellington, were requested to attend for additional firefighters and compressed air foam.”

All the hay was removed from the barn to expose two seats of fire.

Firefighters were able to fully extinguish the fires and monitored the temperature of the rest of the hay with a thermal imaging camera and temperature probe.

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