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Firefighters tackle large barn blaze in Sedgemoor
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- Fire at Alston Sutton Farm, near Axbridge
- Blaze broke out around 9.30am on Tuesday
- Fire crews from Burnham among those attending
Wednesday morning update
BY 10pm on Tuesday evening fire crews had scaled down their involvement at the barn to just two appliances but were still monitoring the scene.
A spokesman said: "A watching brief was kept overnight and the incident is being assessed again on Wednesday morning."
A FIRE service spoksman said: "The incident is ongoing.
"A telehandler is removing large hay bales and water and foam in use.
"Relief crews will be arriving shortly."
FIRE crews are likely to be digging out the affected area for most of the afternoon.
A spokesman said: "A three-appliance relief crew has been requested.
"The smoke plume has diminished but smoke is still in the vicinity of Alston Sutton village heading in the direction of Weare.
"Residents are advised to keep their windows closed and not to spend any more time in areas where smoke is present than is necessary.
"However, routine journeys may still be taken."
FIREFIGHTERS using four sets of breathing apparatus are tackling the blaze.
A FIRE service spokesman said 15 tonnes of hay and 50 tonnes of sileage is stored in the barn and a large quantity is involved in the fire.
He added: "Crews are suppressing the spread of the fire using foam and water and by making a fire break in the hay."
Large Barn fire in Weare causing smoke pollution. Residents are advised to close windows until the situation is under control. Thank you.— @ASPBurnham 22 October 2013
RT @DSFireUpdates: If you live in Alston Sutton, Weare, #Axbridge, please shut your windows due to a large #smoke plume from a barn fire— @emmathomasson 22 October 2013
FIRE crews from across Sedgemoor are tackling a large blaze at a barn near Axbridge this morning (Tuesday 22).
The fire broke out at around 9.30am at Alston Sutton Farm.
People living near to the fire are being asked to keep their doors and windows closed as thick smoke is billowing across the area.
A fire service spokesman said: "Four fire engines and two special appliances are in attendance at a barn fire which contains hay and straw.
"Crews found the barn to be well alight containing approx 60 tonnes of hay and straw. The building is of steel with an asbestos-cladded roof.
"Police have made residents aware of the smoke plume, advising them to close all windows as a precaution."
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