A37 traffic chaos from Farrington Gurney as barn fire burns into 16th hour
TRAFFIC delays of 50 minutes have been reported stemming from Farrington Gurney.
The cause is the need for Avon Fire & Rescue to pump water from a roadside hydrant on the A37 Bristol Road to a barn fire which has been burning since 4pm yesterday.
Fire engines from Paulton, Radstock Yatton, Bath and Brislington have been backed by Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service crews.
The barn in question is 20m by 10m big and has 100 tonnes of hay. At the peak of the incident seven fire engines and support vehicles were on the scene.
Avon Fire reported: "Relief crews remained on the scene throughout the night working to extinguish the fire.
"By 7am the attendance had been reduced to two fire crews operating unmanned monitor jets and hoses to control the fire."
But the difficulty in damping down a large hay fire meant the operation stretched into this morning's rush hour, causing traffic chaos on the A37.
No time can be given for when temporary traffic lights or the fire engine pumping water from the hydrant will be removed but it is expected to continue throughout today.