THE fire service were called to a factory fire in Taunton this evening (March 14).

The Fire Service received a call from an alarm receiving centre reporting fire alarms activating at Pearsalls Sutures, Tancred Street at around 7pm.

One fire team from Taunton attended.

A fire service spokesman said: "Upon arrival, fire crews confirmed the property was evacuated.

"There was a small fire within a first floor production room involving a weaving machine which was out on the arrival of the Fire Service who ventilated the property using two breathing apparatus wearers and inspected the factory with a thermal image camera to ensure it was safe.

"The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental."