Giant barn fire enters eighth hour near Weare
THE ongoing fire in a barn at Alston Sutton Farm in Weare entered its eighth hour at 5.20pm with relief fire crews expected to help out with the mammoth job of dousing 15 tons of hay and 60 tons of silage.
A fleet of fire engines from Burnham-on-Sea, Cheddar, Weston-super-Mare, Winscombe and special appliances from Glastonbury and Street were sent out at 9.35am.
The barn, capped with an asbestos-padded roof, was well alight when they got there.
Smoke billowing from the farm was so bad Avon & Somerset Fire & Rescue issued an alert to the hamlet that everyone keep their windows shut and avoid going outside where possible. The wind then began to carry the smoke towards nearby Weare.
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With most of the hay and silage in the fire, crews tried to make a fire break amongst the hay to stop it spreading. This would take most of the afternoon.
By 5pm, a telehandler was lugging hay bales out of the barn to reduce the amount of fuel for the fire.
At 7pm a second telehandler was brought in and fire crews donned breathing masks.
Hopefully the torrential downpour of rain across most of Somerset at that time will have helped efforts.