Agricultural building badly damaged as East Devon and Exeter fire crews battle blaze in Branscombe

Firefighters from East Devon and Exeter tackled a blaze in Branscombe which has left an agricultural building badly damaged this afternoon. 

Crews from Seaton, Sidmouth, Colyton and Danes Castle were called to the scene after flames and smoke were seen coming from the structure at around 2.45pm.

A neighbour raised the alarm and dialled 999.

The building – which was housing two vehicles, gardening machinery and tools- was 75 per cent damaged by the blaze.

Its cause is believed to be accidental, said the fire service.

On arrival, crews confirmed that there was smoke and flames issuing…

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Fire Control received a call from a neighbour who could see flames coming from an agricultural building this afternoon.

“A fire engine was immediately mobilised from our Seaton fire station along with a further two fire engines from our Sidmouth fire station and a water carrier from our Exeter station at Danes Castle.

“On arrival, crews confirmed that there was smoke and flames issuing.

“Crews immediately requested a further pump which was mobilised from our Colyton station. They also requested the attendance of Western Power to isolate some overhead cables that were in the vicinity of the barn.

“Crews then set to work with two main jets with four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus. Crews were also using compressed air foam.”

Crews have now confirmed this fire involved an agricultural building that was housing two vehicles along with other gardening machinery and tools…

The spokesperson later added of the Branscombe blaze: “Crews have now confirmed this fire involved an agricultural building that was housing two vehicles along with other gardening machinery and tools.

“The building has been 75 per cent destroyed by fire.

“The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.”

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