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Massive fire tears through barn in north Cornwall

Massive fire tears through barn in north Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 6:58am 25th December 2019.

Archive photo of crews at barn fire: Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

A massive fire has ripped through a barn in Launceston, scrambling firefighters from across north Cornwall.

At its height, crews from Bodmin to Bude were battling the Christmas Eve blaze near Tregadillet.

Flames engulfed the building, that was packed full of various farming machines, wood and cylinders.

At one point, the fire was so fierce that local residents were being advised to keep doors and windows closed.

There are no reports of any casualties, however the building appears badly damaged and the blaze burned through the night.

"At 13:45 the Critical Control Centre received a number of emergency calls reporting an agricultural fire in Launceston.

"Initially, two appliances from Launceston were mobilised. On arrival, the crews confirmed smoke issuing and request assistance from a further three appliances and a water carrier.

"Following this, further appliances from Bodmin, Callington and Delabole were mobilised with a water carrier from Liskeard.

"Shortly after, further assistance was requested and appliances from Bude and Liskeard were mobilised.

"Crews report an agricultural building measuring approx. 30m by 20m fully engulfed in fire. Various farming machinery, wood and cylinders are inside.

"In total, 7 appliances, 4 officers, 1 water carrier, 2 operational support vehicles, 1 incident command unit, 1 environmental support vehicle and a welfare unit will be assisting when all book in attendance.

"Update at 17:30 All details as previous. Firefighters are continuing to use hose reels to fight the fire.

"Update at 2046hrs: The incident is now scaling down and there will 2 appliances left on scene overnight".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

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