Spate of agricultural arson attacks in East Devon prompts fire service to warn farmers to be vigilant

A spate of arson attacks to agricultural property in East Devon has prompted the fire service to urge vigilance from farmers.

Over the last fortnight, the fire service has attended three agricultural fires in East Devon. Fire investigators believe it is likely that all three were started deliberately.

The fire service said it was concerned someone could be seriously hurt if the arson attacks continued.

The fires happened within a mile’s radius of the crossroads at Putts Corner on the A375 – the crossroads link Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Seaton.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said crews tackled blazes at Farway, Southleigh and Sidbury.

All were farm outbuildings – two barns, one stable building – without any power or ‘ignition sources’, the fire service said.

Shaun Davis, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Group Commander, said: “We’re concerned about this recent spate of farm fires around East Devon.

“Barn fires can quickly escalate and spread to other nearby buildings, increasing the risk to life for not only animals, but people too.

“We are asking farmers and farm managers to act with vigilance at the moment to try to reduce these fires happening.

“We want to prevent any further fires before someone is seriously hurt.”

Anyone with information that could assist police with their investigations is asked to call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

  • More information on how to protect farms and agricultural buildings from fire is on the DSFRS website, here.

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