UPDATE: A377 closed due to large fire near Umberleigh

By Alan Quick   |   Editorial Manager/Photojournalist   |
Friday 15th April 2022 11:43 pm
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(Alan Quick, Crediton Courier )

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THE A377 is currently closed in both directions near Umberleigh and Atherington, between Eggesford and Barnstaple, due to a large fire.

It is believed that the fire is at Devon Caravan Recyclers at Fishleigh Yard, Fishleigh Rock Farm, but this is to be confirmed.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service currently has a number of appliances at the scene and water tenders have been sent from Exeter and Barnstaple.

Motorists are advised to find alternative routes.Further updates as we have them.

• UPDATE: Fire control received a call from a member of the public at 9.13pm on Friday, April 15, regarding a large fire at a farm in Umberleigh.

The initial response included two fire engines from Barnstaple, one fire engine from South Molton and an officer.

Based on further information gathered from the caller fire control then escalated the incident and mobilised a water carrier from Barnstaple and two officers.

When crews arrived at the incident, they confirmed there was a fully developed large barn fire and requested a further two fire engines (Braunton and Torrington) and an ariel platform ladder (Danes Castle – Exeter) for access and resources.

They then requested an environmental protection unit ( South Molton) and a further water carrier (Danes Castle – Exeter).The incident command unit from Ilfracombe is also in attendance.

Crew have confirmed that the barn containing multiple caravans, machinery and cylinders has been 100% damaged by fire but all persons on scene are accounted for.

SECOND UPDATE: There are reports of several explosions at the scene.

It is believed that the fire started in a caravan and spread to a barn which contains potentially hazardous materials.

It is expected that the road will remain closed until at least 5am on Saturday, April 16.

The advice is to use an alternative route and allow extra time for your journey.


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