East Devon crews stop straw bale fire from spreading in barn near Axminster

Multiple large bales were removed from a barn in East Devon when straw was spotted on fire on Wednesday afternoon (February 16).

Firefighters from Axminster, Colyton and Seaton, plus additional help from Dorset’s fire service, were called to the farm in the Axe Valley after receiving reports several large bales were alight.

Crews tackled the blaze at Dalwood, near Axminster, while the farmer use a telehandler to remove the any unaffected bales, to stop the spread of fire.

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Photo: Colyton Fire Station.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said the cause of the blaze was accidental.

A fire service spokesperson said: “Fire control received reports of some large straw bales on fire within a barn at a property in Musbury.

“Three fire engines were immediately mobilised from Axminster, Colyton and Seaton.

“Once on scene crews confirmed multiple bales of straw on fire and got to work to extinguish them using two hose reel jets.

“Crews continued to work to extinguish the bales that were involved in fire whilst the farmer used on site machinery to remove the bales that were unaffected to prevent the incident from escalating.”

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Photo: Colyton Fire Station.

Firefighters were called to the farm at around 3.30pm and spent several hours putting out the flames.

The DSFRS spokesperson added: “Crews successfully managed to extinguish the fire and prevented the fire from spreading further.

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

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