Early-morning arson attack takes fire crews 4 hours to extinguish

PUBLISHED: 07:40 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 07:40 31 July 2017

Firefighters fighting burning blaze.

Firefighters fighting burning blaze.

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Five South West fire crews worked tirelessly for more than four hours after an arson attack took place in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The blaze happened at 2.15am in Southwick Road in Mark, near Highbridge.

A barn with 500 bales of hay was on fire, and crews believe it was a deliberate attack.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire Service said: “Five fire appliances, including one from Burnham-on-Sea, one from Bridgwater and one from Cheddar, attended the barn on fire.

“It was well alight on the arrival of crews.

“This fire involved a barn containing 500 bales of hay.

“Crews worked alongside the farmer with his telehandler, dragging out the straw and damping it down with one main jet and one hose reel jet.

“The cause of the fire was deemed to be deliberate.”

Crews were able to leave the scene at 6.38am.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Burnham-on-Sea police on the non-emergency number 101.

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