Six fire crews work through the night to tackle huge barn blaze

PUBLISHED: 10:25 05 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:02 05 August 2017

Fire ripped through a barn in Burnham-on-Sea last night. Pictures: Chris Austin Photography

Fire ripped through a barn in Burnham-on-Sea last night. Pictures: Chris Austin Photography

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Devon and Somerset Fire Service crews have worked through the darkness to tackle a big barn fire in Burnham-on-Sea.

Fire ripped through a barn in Burnham-on-Sea last night. Pictures: Chris Austin PhotographyFire ripped through a barn in Burnham-on-Sea last night. Pictures: Chris Austin Photography

Fire engines were called to reports of a barn fire at Brean Farm, in Brean Down Road, at 6.26pm yesterday (Friday).

Crews from Burnham, Cheddar and Bridgwater tackled the blaze at the 5,000sqm barn, with additional support later coming from teams from across the county.

The fire service was on the scene overnight, allowing the fire to burn out under controlled circumstances.

One woman required medical attention after suffering smoke inhalation.

Fire ripped through a barn in Burnham-on-Sea last night. Pictures: Chris Austin PhotographyFire ripped through a barn in Burnham-on-Sea last night. Pictures: Chris Austin Photography

A fire service spokesman said: “On arrival the crews confirmed that this was a barn measuring 100m by 50m and was well alight. They got to work with a hose reel jet and a main jet fighting the fire and protecting surrounding buildings.

“The officer in charge then requested the attendance of a further three fire engines to make the count up to six.

“These were sent from Nether Stowey, Glastonbury and Wells. An incident command unit was also sent from Wiveliscombe.

“An ambulance was requested, as a precaution, to attend to check over a female who had suffered smoke inhalation.

Fire ripped through a barn in Burnham-on-Sea last night. Pictures: Chris Austin PhotographyFire ripped through a barn in Burnham-on-Sea last night. Pictures: Chris Austin Photography

“This incident is still ongoing with crews in attendance overnight dampening down hotspots and carrying out a watching brief allowing the straw in the barn to burn out under controlled circumstances.”

Update

Fire crews remain at the scene.

A spokesman said: “Crews are continuing to make steady progress damping down as silage is removed. Two fire appliances are still in attendance. “

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