Photos: Barn destroyed in farmyard blaze near South Molton

The scene of the fire at Great Cockerham Barn near South Molton this morning (Fri). Pic: Paul Hender

The scene of the fire at Great Cockerham Barn near South Molton this morning (Fri). Pic: Paul Henderson. - Credit: Archant

Large barn filled with straw ablaze near South Molton last night (Thursday).

The scene of the fire at Great Cockerham Barn near South Molton this morning (Fri). Pic: Paul Hender

The scene of the fire at Great Cockerham Barn near South Molton this morning (Fri). Pic: Paul Henderson. - Credit: Archant

FIRE crews spent more than eight hours tackling a large barn fire near South Molton last night (Thurs).

@Taxi_Anne tweeted this photo of the fire from the B3226 yesterday night.

@Taxi_Anne tweeted this photo of the fire from the B3226 yesterday night. - Credit: Archant

Five fire crews were scrambled to the scene in Hacche Lane near Aller Cross at 7.30pm to find the barn well alight.

A large quantity of straw inside the barn was ablaze and despite fire fighters’ efforts, by 9pm the barn had partially collapsed.

Crews from South Molton, Barnstaple, Witheride, Chulmleigh, Torrington and Ilfracombe attended the scene.


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At 10.40pm a watching brief was being maintained as crews cooled and protected an adjacent building using two hose reel jets and one main jet.

And at 3.45am, crews were still at the scene, changing over to maintain watch on the area with one fire engine remaining.

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The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

People took to Twitter after spotting the flames to report the incident.

‏@elldorado8910h said on Twitter: “Fire is at South Leigh farm. Not sure whether it’s house or barn but it’s huge.”

@Taxi_Anne said: “House fire at Aller Cross is still burning 2 1/2 later. It’s huge, hope noone’s hurt #NDevon.”

And @Mr_Milenko tweeted: “Been over 3 hours as I went passed there at half 9 and at least 3 fire units were there already.”

Did you see the fire last night? Email your photos to sarah.howells@archant.co.uk.

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