North Tawton barn fire

By Alan Quick   |   Editorial Manager/Photojournalist   |
Sunday 18th July 2021 7:01 am
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FIRE crews from a wide area attended a barn fire which was discovered just after 2.30am on Friday, July 5 near North Tawton Railway Station.

Crews from North Tawton, Okehampton and a water carrier from Danes Castle, Exeter were initially sent and upon arrival crews confirmed one barn to be fully involved in fire with a large amount of hay and machinery inside.

Another pump was requested and came from Hatherleigh.

Crews got to work to put out the fire and remove the contents within the barn, assisted by the site owner.

Other crews from Tavistock and Torrington also attended.

Equipment used included one foam jet, two covering jets, two attack jets, drag forks and used two positive pressure ventilation fans as well as a thermal imaging camera.

Crews remained on scene and the incident was scaled down to two pumps at 6am. Compressed foam was being used as well as a controlled burn approach to contain the fire from spreading further afield.

Rolling relief crews were mobilised from early morning and throughout the day from Chagford, Crediton, Danes Castle and Okehampton.

A single crew from Chagford remained on scene into the evening to carry out a watching brief and preventing any escalation from occurring.

North Tawton crew maintained a watching brief the next morning.

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