Fire fighters spent 24 hours at the scene of a barn fire which broke out at Mariansleigh on Sunday.

The barn fire at Mariansleigh. Picture: Witheridge Fire StationThe barn fire at Mariansleigh. Picture: Witheridge Fire Station

The first crews from South Molton and Witheridge, plus a water bowser from Exeter, arrived at the scene shortly after 5pm.

On arrival crews discovered a barn well alight and requested a further appliance from Chulmleigh attend the scene.

A fire spokesman said: “The barn was approximately 100 foot by 25 foot and containing hay and straw. It was well alight.

“Crews got to work with two hose reel jets and two drag forks.”

The barn fire at Mariansleigh. Picture: Witheridge Fire StationThe barn fire at Mariansleigh. Picture: Witheridge Fire Station

By 6pm crews had increased the amount of jets they were using, and by 7pm reported steady progress.

The fire was surrounded and they allowed it to burn. By 7.30pm a fourth pump was called from Barnstaple to attend.

Fire crews managed to protect outbuildings from the fire spreading, and at 10pm relief crews attended from Bampton and Dulverton.

Firther crews from North Tawton and Barnstaple joined the scene at around 4.15am yesterday (Monday) to relieve crews.

By 7am on Monday just one pump remained at the scene. The latest update at 11am said crews were still at the scene dampening down the ashes.

At 5pm, a fire spokesman said the barn, containing 1,600 bales of hay, was completely destroyed. It was being left to burn under control.