FIRE crews were called to a hay barn fire yesterday (September 20). 

Around 3:20pm, fire control received a call reporting a barn on fire in Brompton Regis, Dulverton. 

There was a fire in a hay barn, built out of stone and wood. 

A spokesperson from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Fire crews used two 45mm jets, two hose reel jets, one ground monitor, a light portable pump to extinguish the fire and a telehandler was used for the removal of hay."

The fire service has also issued fire safety advice for farmers. They say to ensure hay is removed from fields as soon as possible after harvesting and ensure it is dry before storing. 

"Many fires are caused by storing damp or wet hay", the spokesperson added. 

"Fires can very easily spread. Store hay and straw away from other buildings - especially those containing fuels or chemicals, and separate from livestock.

"Store hay and straw in stacks at least 10 metres apart and ensure there is sufficient space between the top of the stack and electrical roof lighting."

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