A major incident was declared today as fire crews battled to stop a barn fire spreading to nearby fertiliser.

A number of explosions could be heard at the farm on Rame Head in Cornwall.

Cornwall Fire and rescue Service received the first of several 999 calls at 1.39pm today, stating that there was a barn on fire.

Fire crews from Torpoint and Saltash were sent and found that the barn was well alight, with fuel also involved.

Further assistance was requested and fire crews from Looe, Liskeard and Camels Head (Devon & Somerset FRS), along with specialist vehicles from Liskeard, Launceston and Plympton (Devon & Somerset FRS) were called.

Due to the rural nature of the area, roads were closed to allow access for emergency vehicles and members of the public are asked to stay clear.

A major incident was subsequently declared, due to a large quantity of fuel that was alight and gas cylinders exploding.

Firefighters have spent the afternoon trying to prevent the fire spreading to fertiliser stored nearby.

In a further update Cornwall Fire and Rescue said: "The barn measures 40 metres by 30 metres and is well alight, including a quantity of fuel and gas cylinders, some of which have exploded.

"There are no casualties and firefighters are working hard to prevent the fire spreading to nearby fertiliser."

Traffic monitoring system INRIX is reporting that Westhead Road remains closed both ways due to the fire and spillage of chemical between Trehill Lane and Penmillard Farm.

Military Road and roads heading to Rame from Kingsand have also been closed off by police.

The chemical spillage has now been contained, however the roads will remain closed to assist with the cleanup.