Crews tackle hay barn blaze at Upottery and remain at scene to stop fire spread

Firefighters remain on site after crews tackled a hay barn blaze in Upottery on Monday morning, June 22.

Crews were called at 5.45am after a barn storing around 100 bales of hay and machinery was reported on fire.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said crews from Honiton and Chard remain at the scene in a bid to stop any spread.

A fire service spokesperson said: “Fire control received reports of a barn on fire in Upottery near Honiton early this morning.

“Two fire engines from Honiton, a water carrier from Danes Castle, an Incident Support Unit from Bovey Tracey and a fire engine from Chard were mobilised to the incident.

“On arrival crews confirmed that there was one barn well alight, and the fire involved approximately 100 hay bales and machinery units.

“Crews got to work with hose reel jets, compressed air foam systems (CAFS) jets, a thermal image camera and a light portable pump to tackle the fire.

“Fire crews from Honiton and Chard are still in attendance for a watching brief to prevent escalation and to protect the surrounding area.”

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