Umberleigh fire: Photo shows the extent of damage caused by blaze

A new photo released by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue shows what was left behind after a barn in North Devon caught fire on Good Friday (April 15) night into Saturday morning. The barn was set alight when flames spread from a nearby caravan which was on fire at the time.

Following the incident, South Molton’s fire station posted about the blaze on their Facebook page. Along with a link to the fire service’s incident page, the crew also posted a picture taken from the scene.

Within the image, the fire can be seen raging across buildings on the farm. The blaze is so intense that you see the frames of the buildings with the rest of the structure ripped apart by the flames.

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Fire crews were first alerted to the incident by a member of the public who described a “large fire” at a farm near Umberleigh. Initially, two fire engines attended the scene, one from Barnstaple and one from South Molton, along with an officer.

But after attending the scene, a water carrier was requested from Barnstaple and two further officers attended due to the seriousness of the incident. Crews identified that the property was now a fully developed large barn fire containing multiple caravans, machinery and cylinders.

Two more fire engines were requested to battle the blaze, one from Braunton and one from Torrington. An aerial platform ladder was also requested, which was brought from Danes Castle, Exeter.

The barn was thought to contain hazardous materials and therefore an environmental protection unit from South Molton was also mobilized. Another water carrier was also called to attend from Danes Castle, Exeter.

The incident command unit from Ilfracombe was also in attendance, and later a unit from Martock. Following the fire, crews confirmed that the barn had been completely destroyed but all persons on the scene were accounted for.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue has stated it believes the cause of the fire was “accidental”. During the fire the A377 was closed for 16 hours and reopened at approximately 11am on Saturday (April 16).



Umberleigh barn fire (April 15)

A spokesperson said: “Fire control received a call from a member of the public regarding a large fire at a farm in Umberleigh. The initial response included two fire engines from Barnstaple, one fire engine from South Molton and an officer.

“Based on further information gathered from the caller, fire control then escalated the incident and mobilized a water carrier from Barnstaple and a further two officers. When crews arrived at the incident, they confirmed there was a fully developed large barn fire containing multiple caravans, machinery and cylinders and requested a further two fire engines (Braunton and Torrington) and an aerial platform ladder (Danes Castle – Exeter) for access and resources.

“The A377 was also closed due to the proximity to the incident. They then requested an environmental protection unit (South Molton) and a further water carrier (Danes Castle – Exeter).

“The incident command unit from Ilfracombe was also in attendance, and later a unit from Martock. Crews have confirmed that the barn containing multiple caravans, machinery and cylinders (containing argon, butane, propane) has been 100% damaged by fire but all persons on scene are accounted for.

“The electrics have been isolated and crews are making steady progress. The cause of the fire is thought to have been accidental.”

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