July 30, 2017
Arson probe into big barn blaze near Burnham involving 500 hay bales

An arson probe is underway into a 'deliberate' blaze near Burnham-On-Sea which destroyed a barn and large quantities of hay early on Saturday morning (July 29th).

As reported here by, five fire crews from across the region were called to the blaze in Southwick Road, Mark, near Highbridge, shortly before 2.15am where a barn with 500 bales of hay was well alight.

It took several more than five hours to fully extinguish and damp down the fire - and the fire service has confirmed that the cause was "deliberate."

Anyone with information should contact Burnham-On-Sea Police on the non-emergency number 101 to help the enquiries.

A spokesman told "Three fire appliances, including one from Burnham-On-Sea, one from Bridgwater, one from Cheddar and the water carrier from Bridgwater, attended the barn on fire."

"It was well alight on the arrival of crews. A fourth appliances was requested, from Bridgwater, along with an incident command unit from Street."

"One tractor was removed from the building, and crews got to work with two main jets and one compressed air foam jet."

"This fire involved a barn containing 500 bales of hay. Crews worked alongside the farmer with his telehandler, dragging out the straw and damping it down with one main jet and one hose reel jet."

It was a busy night for the crews, who were also called to an early morning crash in which a driver was rescued from an overturned car.


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