Dry weather helps the spread of a blaze – leaving a barn destroyed by fire in East Devon

Hot, dry, weather helped the spread of a barn blaze in East Devon on Monday afternoon (July 18) said firefighters.

Crews from Colyton, Axminster and Honiton were called to tackle a barn fire which totally destroyed the structure – as this photo shows.

The blaze has prompted the crew at Colyton Fire Station to call for care in the countryside during dry spells.

A Colyton Fire Station spokesperson said: “This hot dry weather aided in the rapid spread.

“To help stop fires starting outside here are a few tips: don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of car windows, glass in direct sunlight can cause fires – ensure there is none lying around.”

The spokesperson added: “Don’t have campfires or barbecues in the countryside. Only have them in safe designated areas.”

East Devon

Photo: Colyton Fire Station.

  • For information on how to prevent wildfires starting, see the advice by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service here.

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