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Incident - Two Barns on Fire

Date: 02/09/2014
Time: 03:56
Location: Clayhidon, Cullompton
Area: Central
County: Devon

The Fire Service received several calls reporting a barn on fire at the above location.  Two fire appliance from Wellington, two fire appliances Taunton and the water carrier from Bridgwater attended.

Fire crews confirmed two barns well alight.  All stock had been removed from the barns prior to the arrival of the Fire Service.  The fire was spreading to an adjacent workshop.

Update at 04:22 hrs - Fire crews are at work with a compressed air foam systems jet and one hose reel jet.

Update at 04:36 hrs - Fire crews requested the attendance of an Environmental Protection Unit with a supporting fire appliance from Taunton.

Update at 04:52 hrs - Fire crew at now at work with four breathing apparatus wearers and two compressed air foam systems branches.  Fire crews are also at work with one main jet cooling a diesel storage tank.

Update at 05:24 hrs - Fire crews are focussing their efforts on the workshop, cooling the adjacent diesel tank and cooling an acetylene cylinder using two breathing apparatus wearers, two compressed air foam systems jets, two hose reel jets and one main jet.

Update at 05:44 hrs - Breathing apparatus is now discontintued.  Fire crews are shuttling water to the incident ground using the water carrier.

Update at 07:39 hrs - This incident will shortly be scaled down to two fire appliances.  The barns are being left to burn out under supervision.  The owner of the workshop is in attendance and has confirmed the cylinder involved is liquefied petroleum gas and not acetylene.  All gas cylinders have now been adequately cooled and are no longer considered to be a hazard.

Update at 08:08 hrs - Fire crews have carried out a survey of the River Culm and there appears to be fuel contamination in the watercourse.  Fire crews have requested booms from Taunton Fire Station to dam and contain the spillage.  The Environment Agency have been aware of this contamination.

Update at 11:39 hrs - 50 tonnes of hay, one workshop, three outbuildings all severely damaged by fire. 4 BA, 1 CAFs jet, 2 HRJ, 1 main jet, 1 water shuttle. One appliance at scene. Cause believed to be accidental.

This incident is now being scaled down.


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