Major fire ongoing in Somerset village

PUBLISHED: 09:41 11 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:58 11 August 2016

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Fire crews from across the South West are battling to put out a huge fire in Somerset this morning (Thursday).

Teams from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called to a pit containing silage – which is used to feed cattle and sheep – within a large barn in Poolbridge Road in Blackford, near Wedmore.

Four crews from Cheddar, Burnham-on-Sea and Bridgwater were called to the fire at about 6.20am, along with a specialist water carrier from Bridgwater.

However, the fire was so serious that a specialist telehandler from Exeter and the incident command unit from Street were also called to the scene, along with an additional two fire engines from Glastonbury and Wells.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “The barn measured 25 metres by 50 metres and was part open.

“A large area of silage was covered by tarpaulin and tyres.

“Crews surrounded the fire using three attack jets, one compressed air foam jet, one safety jet, drag forks and small tools.”

* Updates to follow.

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