THE water foam carrier from Torquay was called into action as fire crews from across the area tackled a barn fire at Broadclyst near Exeter.
The fire service received reports of a fire in a barn at a farm at 12.07am this morning. Fire engines from Middlemoor, Danes Castle and Cullompton, along with a water carrier and hydraulic platform from Danes Castle, were sent to the scene.
On arrival, crews confirmed the 32m by 15m barn was ‘well alight’ and got to work extinguishing the fire using compressed air foam and hose reel jets.
There were 20 bags of ammonia nitrate in the barn and a hazardous materials officer gave advice on these. The environmental protection unit was requested to attend from Taunton.
At 12.30am, a further appliance from Crediton and the water foam carrier from Torquay were mobilised for their foam capability, and the incident command unit was sent from Honiton.
At 1am, another two appliances were requested, and Ottery St Mary and Topsham joined the battle. Shortly after, the welfare unit from Crediton was requested.
At 2.45am, crews said ‘good progress’ was being made with two compressed air foam jets and one water tower. Three appliance relief crews were requested to attend and sent from Exmouth, Tiverton and Wellington.
The building was completely destroyed, along with two quad bikes, one tractor, one combine harvester and 600kg of ammonia nitrate.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is being carried out today.