Firefighters tackling large household rubbish blaze in a field in Axminster say fire was at risk of spreading to trees and hedgerow

Household rubbish burning in a field on the edge of Axminster was at risk of spreading to nearby trees and hedgerow, firefighters said.

Fire crews from Axminster and Colyton were called to the field on the outskirts of town on Sunday morning (May 1) after reports of a blaze and smoke from a large fire of household rubbish and other burning waste.

Firefighters successfully extinguished the blaze and stopped the flames from spreading to the hedgerow.

The Axminster crew called for additional help from Colyton firefighters because the rural location meant the nearest water source was more than half a mile away.

An Axminster Fire Station spokesperson said: “Our crew from Axminster were mobilised to reports of a fire and plenty of smoke in a field on the outskirts of Axminster.

“Once in attendance our crew confirmed a large fire of household rubbish and general waste within the corner of a field that was starting to spread to the surrounding hedgerow and trees.”

The spokesperson added: “Due to the rural location and the nearest fire hydrant being over half a mile away, our crews put an assistance message in to control to make pumps two, with the second appliance coming from Colyton Fire Station.

“Once in attendance our crews used Colyton as a water relay appliance.

“Crews successfully extinguished the fire using 1 45mm attack jet and managed to prevent the fire from spreading throughout the hedgerow.”

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