THREE fire crews were sent to deal with an incident involving hazardous materials last night.

Crews from Taunton Fire Station, along with ones from Cullompton and Honiton, were dispatched just over the Somerset border to Plymtree in Devon.

Just after 8.30pm, Fire Control received a call from Ambulance Control to reports of a male who had possibly inhaled a chemical substance, causing him breathing difficulties.

A spokesperson for the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service said: "Two fire appliances and an environmental protection unit were immediately mobilised, and used breathing apparatus to identify and isolate the substance."

After confirming what the chemical in question was, crews were able to update the ambulance service, so the casualty could receive the appropriate treatment.