A BARN has been destroyed after a fire near Wellington.

Emergency services were called to Runnington, near Wellington, at around 3pm yesterday.

Engines from Wellington, Wiveliscombe, Bridgwater and Taunton were sent to the incident.

On arrival, the firefighters found the large building well alight and they requested further backup.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said: "The additional appliances mobilised were: Two further fire engines from Taunton, an incident command unit and off road vehicle from Honiton, a water foam carrier from Danes Castle, the Environmental Protection Unit and a fire engine from South Molton, and a welfare unit from Bridgwater.

"The welfare vehicle from Burnham-on-Sea was also mobilised.

"Crews used two breathing apparatus, two main jets ,two compressed air foam jets, two main jets with water supplied by water bowsers, one safety jet, lighting equipment and the thermal imaging camera to extinguish the fire.

"The single storey commercial building was one hundred per cent involved in the fire."