Overnight battle to put out fire in Yarcombe business premises

Fire appliances from Honiton, Axminster, Ottery St Mary, Chard, Crewkerne, Ilminster, Taunton, and Yeovil have worked through the night to tackle a fire in a commercial building at Yarcombe.

Reported by a member of the public shortly before 11pm last night (September 19), the fire, at Crawley, was found to be in processing machinery

Three fire appliances from Honiton and Chard, along with an aerial ladder platform from Taunton, were initially mobilised to tackle the blaze.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “On arrival, the incident commander confirmed that there was a fire in processing machinery of a commercial property and requested the attendance of another fire appliance from Axminster, along with a water carrier and Incident Support Unit from Yeovil.

“Crews got to work to tackle the fire using four breathing apparatus, one attack spike and small tools.”

Shortly after midnight, the incident commander increased the number of pumping appliances at the scene to eight.

He requested additional appliances from Ilminster, Ottery St Mary and Crewkerne, as well as a Command Support vehicle from Honiton.

An environmental protection unit from Taunton was also mobilised to Yarcombe.

At 3.35am today, the Incident was scaled down to four fire appliances.

UPDATE: The fire is now out and crews are leaving the scene.

The fire service says: “The cause of the fire was accidental ignition, due to milling machinery. Fifteen per cent damage was sustained to the machine.

“Final inspections were carried out with a thermal imaging camera.”

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