A combine harvester ablaze in the road was left completely destroyed by fire on Friday evening. Motorists on the middle road between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe were halted by plumes of black smoke near West Stowford just after 8.15pm. Diesel and oil had leaked from the vehicle and was also well ablaze. Two fire crews from Ilfracombe and one from Combe Martin attended. Fire fighters wore breathing apparatus and used hose jets and foam to tackle the fire. Environmental packs and drain covers were used to contain any spillage. It is not yet known how the fire started.