5:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013
THE owners of a barn destroyed by a large fire at the weekend say they have been left “shaken up” by the incident.
Firefighters tackled the blaze at Catsbeer Farm, West Buckland, for ten hours on Saturday evening, but were unable to salvage the 50 tonnes of straw inside.
Peter Delahaye, who runs the farm near Wellington with his wife Margaret, said they still don't know how the fire started.
He added: “We’re both over 80-years-old and this sort of thing shakes you up.
“We opened our curtains and saw the flames – it all happened so quickly.
“We’re still trying to put some feelers out there and hope to find out what happened.”
Two fire engines from Wellington and a water carrier from Bridgwater attended the scene at around 8.20pm where they found the four-bay Dutch barn well alight.
Crews worked throughout the night to put out the blaze, which had engulfed the 15m x 10m barn.
Two more fire engines from Wiveliscombe and Taunton were called to help, and support appliances from Street and Taunton also attended.
A spokesman for the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service said: “The incident was scaled down to two fire crews overnight and one remained at the scene after 5.30am.
An investigation into the cause will begin in due course.
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