FIRE CREWS TACKLE LARGE BARN FIRE CAUSED BY SELF HEATING BALES

Fire Crews from across Somerset and from Beaminster in Dorset tackled a large barn fire in West Crewkerne earlier today. The fire was reported at around 0700 hrs this morning, when fire appliances from stations in Crewkerne, Beaminster, Yeovil, Chard, Martock and Street were mobilised to the incident on the Somerset/Dorset border. A water carrier from Yeovil, Incident Support Unit from Martock and an Incident Command Vehicle from Street were also sent to the barn fire, to support the fire crews and resolve the incident in the single storey barn which contained 50 tonnes of hay and 50 tonnes of straw, which were well alight.

A spokesperson for Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews donned breathing apparatus and extinguished the fire using two hose reel jets, two main jets and two compressed air foam jets. Telehandlers from landowners were used to remove hay into a field. Twenty per cent structural damage was also caused to the barn.” The operation was stood down just before 12 noon. The fire was found to have been accidental and caused by self-heating bales. (photo by Beaminster Fire Station)

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