These photos show the aftermath of an accidental blaze which left an agricultural building in Branscombe ’75 per cent destroyed’.
Firefighters from Sidmouth, Seaton, Colyton and Danes Castle in Exeter tackled the flames yesterday afternoon (Friday, May 1).
A neighbour had raised the alarm and dialled 999 at around 2.45pm.
Two vehicles, gardening machinery and tools were housed in the barn. The cause of the blaze is believed to be accidental, said the fire service.
A Sidmouth Fire Station spokesperson said: “Fire control alerted Seaton Fire Station, two pumps from Sidmouth and the water bowser from Danes Castle Fire Station – Exeter to an agricultural fire at Branscombe.
“On arrival, the officer in charge requested another pump to attend for additional water supplies until the bowser arrived. The addition pump came from Colyton Fire station.
“The fire was initially attacked using compressed air foam with four breathing apparatus wearers and, when water supplies allowed, two water hose jets.
“The barn contained a number of vehicles and ride-on agricultural vehicles. All the vehicles were destroyed in the blaze and 75 per cent of the barn destroyed.”
A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said yesterday: “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.”
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.”