Firefighters from across North Devon spent more than 15 hours tackling a barn fire which started last night (Wednesday).

It is believed 75 per cent of the barn at Parkham Ash was destroyed in the blaze, which also included 225 tonnes of farming supplies such as animal feed and straw.

Fire appliances from Bideford and Hartland were sent at 6.37pm to reports of a barn on fire, joined by the water bowser from Barnstaple.

Crews requested three more appliances for assistance, with help coming from Bideford, Torrington, Appledore and Holsworthy, as well as an incident command unit from Ilfracombe.

They tackled the blaze through the night, with crews from Hatherleigh and Chulmleigh brought in for relief, until the fire was confirmed to be out just before 10am this morning (Thursday).

The barn had 200 tonnes of feed and 25 tonnes of straw inside. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the contents had received 25 per cent fire damage and 75 per cent heat and water damage.

Crews used breathing apparatus, hose reel jets, a 45m jet, a ground monitor and thermal imaging cameras. Farm staff also provided assistance with a digger.