Firefighters at Parkham barn blaze throughout the night

Joseph Bulmer

FIREFIGHTERS from Bideford, Appledore and Hartland, a compressed air foam appliance from Torrington and a support unit from Ilfracombe were called to a hay barn on fire in Parkham on Sunday night.

The incident involved a single storey barn measuring some 50 metres by 15 metres, containing a large quantity of hay, straw and agricultural vehicles, which was well alight.

Called out shortly before 9pm, they remained at the scene in Chapel Road, Parkham, throughout the night and into Monday afternoon.

A specialist hazardous materials and environmental pollution officer and a fire investigation officer were also mobilised.

Torridge District Council environmental health department was informed that there was a minor grade of asbestos involved at the incident and the Environment Agency was informed that compressed air foam was being used.

By 1am on Monday the incident had been scaled down to two fire appliances and by 2am steady progress was being made turning over and damping down hot spots.

Crews stayed on at the scene until 1.26pm and further checks were carried out during the afternoon.