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MAJOR barn fire breaks out across Cornwall border

MAJOR barn fire breaks out across Cornwall border

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:49am 16th September 2019. (Updated at 9:01am 16th September 2019)

Archive photo of firefighters at the scene of a barn fire: Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

A massive barn fire has broken out just across the Cornwall border.

The blaze started at St Giles on the Heath near Launceston.

Crews from across the Duchy and Devon were scrambled in the early hours of Monday morning.

Firefighters from Launceston, Liskeard, Holsworthy and Bovey Tracey got the initial call, just after 4.30am.

They called in back-up from Okehampton, Totnes, Dane Castel and Ivybridge after finding a barn full of straw well alight.

Teams, wearing specialist breathing equipment, have been battling the blaze using pressure fans and jets.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has since confirmed the incident is now being scaled down to one pump.

"The fire service were called to a report of a barn on fire at the above location.

"Fire control sent two Fire Engines from Launceston, the water carrier from Liskeard and one fire engine from Holsworthy.

"Due to the information gathered fire control also sent the incident support unit from Bovey Tracey.

"Once the crew got in attendance the officer in charge confirmed that one barn full of straw was well alight.

"The crew got to work to extinguish the fire with the use of two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet.

Update at 04:15: "The officer in charge requested the attendance of two more fire engines and one more water bowser for personnel, lighting and water.

"Fire control sent two fire engines from Okehampton, the incident command unit from Totnes, water carrier from Dane Castel and the welfare unit from Ivybridge".

Update at 05:44: "Crews are making steady progress with the use of two ground monitors and two hose reel jets.

Update at 06:19: "This incident is now being allowed to burn under the supervision of the fire crews in attendance.

"The crew have two positive pressure fans in use to aid with burning and two safety jets standing by.

Update at 07:36: "Positive pressure fans have now been discontinued and this incident is now being scaled down to one pump".

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue

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