Fire fighters were called out to Kingford Hill near High Bickington yesterday (Thursday) to reports of a tanker on fire.

Crews from Barnstaple and South Molton attended the scene at around 3.40pm.

They confirmed an articulated vehicle with a cab and trailer was involved in fire, and the cab was carrying approximately 25 tonnes of molasses.

Around 20 percent of the cab and five percent of the trailer was damaged by fire.

Fire crews extinguished the fire using four breathing apparatus wearers, two hose reel jets and a thermal image camera. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

Fire crews requested the attendance of the police to assist with a road closure at this location.