Barn fire next to Mulberry factory in Chilcompton still burning
Firefighters are still fighting a blaze on the Mendips, 24 hours after it first began.
The fire broke out within a tractor at a metal barn at Rookery Farm, Chilcompton, yesterday morning with employees at the neighbouring factory of fashion house Mulberry raising the alarm.
Around 18 sets of firefighters have already been at the scene over the last 24 hours as they fight to get the inferno under control.
A fire brigade spokesman said that although steady progress was made, relief crews had to be called in from Yeovil, Cheddar and Shepton Mallet, followed through the night by other crews from Castle Cary and Wells.
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At 2.30am this morning other fighters from Frome and Street were drafted in to take over from exhausted firefighters, as well as officers manning another specialist unit, this time from Martock.
"Firefighting was discontinued due to the unstable structure and the wind speed however when the wind dropped the crews were able to resume turning over and damping down the remains of the contents," said the spokesman.
"A watching brief is now being carried out. Incident still ongoing."