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LIVE: Massive fire engulfs barn in north Cornwall

LIVE: Massive fire engulfs barn in north Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 6:37am 19th July 2019. (Updated at 4:29pm 19th July 2019)

A massive fire has broken out at a barn on the edge of a north Cornwall village and it is still burning.

The blaze engulfed the building at St Mabyn near Wadebridge.

Crews received multiple 999 calls on Thursday evening and by midnight, the flames could still be seen for miles.

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Firefighters have spend the night battling a huge barn fire in north Cornwall that is still burning. Photo: Jaz Parkyn

At its height, some 60 firefighters from Newquay, Padstow, Delabole, Wadebridge, Bodmin, Lostwithiel, Liskeard and North Devon were at the scene.

Relief crews are being sent in on Friday morning and roads in and around the area remain closed.

Scroll down to follow the latest updates on Pirate FM's live blog.

4:29pm

Fire crews are still on the scene...

3:41pm

Update from firefighters at 3pm:

"Two fire appliances remain at the scene with fire crews continuing to use two monitors and two hosereel jets to damp down the fire.

"The high volume pump is no longer in use and is being made up."

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

3:11pm

The scene of the St Mabyn fire, 20hrs on

2:58pm

The scale of the damage after the St Mabyn fire

The barn is completely destroyed and still burning.

2:55pm

The St Mabyn barn fire continues to burn

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed the massive barn fire at St Mabyn is still burning.

It is 20hrs since the blaze broke out, scrambling firefighters from Newquay to north Devon.

These were the scenes on Thursday, as the flames could be seen for miles.

1:18pm

St Mabyn fire: Photo shows how far away the blaze could be seen

11:55am

St Mabyn barn fire: Praise for Cornwall's firefighters

10:39am

The latest from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Pirate FM understands the barn at St Mabyn has been completely destroyed.

The flames and smoke could be seen for miles.

On Thursday night, locals were urged to keep doors and windows closed.

In the early hours of Friday, drivers were told road closures would be in force for the "foreseeable future", to allow fire crews to work.

At 6am on Friday, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service confirmed good progress was being made and the incident was expected to be scaled down.

Updates will be posted here as soon as more information becomes available.

9:01am

Photos reveal the scale of the fire at St Mabyn

Jaz Parkyn lives near the site of the fire at St Mabyn and took these pictures as the flames took hold.

They could be seen for miles.

At one point, some 60 firefighters from Newquay to north Devon were battling the blaze at the barn.

Pirate FM understands the building has been completely destroyed.

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8:50am

The view that met firefighters as they arrived at St Mabyn

8:50am

The scale of the operation to fight the St Mabyn fire

The fire was big, firefighters were struggling to pump water to the scene.

At one point, local farmers were using their pumps and tractors to help.

The flames could be seen for miles and Pirate FM understands the barn has been completely gutted.

7:26am

Aerial footage from the scene of the St Mabyn fire

7:26am

Latest from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

The barn fire at St Mabyn has been burning for 12 hours but is being scaled down.

Firefighters from Newquay to north Devon spent the night battling the blaze.

The flames could be seen for miles.

"Good progress being made. The incident will be scaling down further soon".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

7:03am

Photos from the scene at St Mabyn

Local Jaz Parkyn took these photos from the village, as the fire engulfed the barn.

The flames and smoke could be seen for miles.

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Firefighters from Newquay to north Devon have spent the night battling a huge barn blaze at St Mabyn.
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The flames from the massive barn fire at St Mabyn could be seen for miles and it is still burning, 12 hours later.
6:44am

The latest from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

At 2.45am, firefighters said they were starting to bring the blaze under control.

Relief crews are being drafted in on Friday morning.

Roads remain closed and drivers are being urged to avoid the area to allow crews to work.

"After spending 7 hours on scene, crews are making good progress.

"The incident has now been scaled back to 5 appliances, with the other special appliances remaining on scene.

"Critical Control is in the process of sorting further crews to attend as relief to firefighters currently in attendance at the scene of the incident. 

"Three roads in the surrounding area are closed at this time and are expected to be for the foreseeable future due to crews requiring access and space to work from.

"Please try to avoid the immediate vicinity if possible".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

6:42am

Initial statement from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Flames from the burning barn at St Mabyn could be seen for miles.

The blaze broke out just after 7pm on Thursday and is still burning.

Last night, residents were being urged to keep doors and windows closed.

"After receiving a total of 19 emergency calls, the Critical Control Centre mobilised to a barn fire on Wadebridge Road, Bodmin at 19:17 this evening (18/07/19).

"There are now 7 appliances, 4 wholetime officers, 3 water carriers, 1 Aerial Ladder Platform and 1 high volume pump in attendance from Bodmin, Wadebridge, Lostwithiel, Padstow, Delabole, Liskeard and Newquay, with a crew from Devon also on scene. In total, there are approximately 60 firefighters on scene at this time. 

"The main barn measures approximately 80 metres by 40 metres and consists of five bays, two of which contain around 1000 bales of hay which firefighters report are well alight.

"Crews are using hosereel jets to try and prevent the fire from spreading further. 

"All persons are accounted for. 

"Crews request that if you live in the area, please keep windows and doors closed for the duration of the fire while they bring it under control".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

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