Vehicle badly damaged after being ‘driven too close to bonfire’

The fire took place in Kingsway, in Mark. Picture: Google Maps. (stock image)

The fire took place in Kingsway, in Mark. Picture: Google Maps. (stock image) - Credit: Google

A farm vehicle was damaged after it was driven too close to a bonfire, fire investigators have said.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was called out to a Somerset farm to deal with the incident yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.

The fire, which happened off Kingsway in Mark, caused a large amount of damage to the farmyard vehicle.

Emergency services were called shortly before 4pm.

A fire service spokesman said: “Fire Control received a call from a local farmer advising his telehandler had caught fire in a field.


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“Two fire engines from our Burnham station were mobilised immediately.

“On arrival crews confirmed the vehicle was well alight and set to work with one hose reel jet.

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“The fire was caused by the farmer driving too close to a controlled bonfire and caused 75 per cent damage to the vehicle.

“The cause has been returned as accidental.”

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