TWO injured fawns were rescued by firefighters after a brushland fire near Cheddar.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescued Service were called on May 13 to reports of a small fire in the open in Barton Road near Webbingdon and sent a pump from Burnham Fire Station to the scene.

When firefighters arrived they discovered the fire was in the brush and undergrowth halfway up the side of a hall adjacent to an old quarry.

The fire service's incident commander requested three pumps attend to assist in extinguishing the fire with beaters which came from Cheddar and Wells as Burnham Fire Station's second pump had been diverted to a serious incident on the A370.

A spokesman for Burnham Fire Station, said: "This was a very challenging incident due to the location with no vehicle access, crews had to make their way on foot through thick brush and undergrowth to tackle the fire and prevent it from spreading further.

"After a couple of hours and a lot of hard work the fire was extinguished.

"Whilst tackling the fire, two very young fawns were found injured with slight burns but the mother was no where to be seen.

"After taking advice they were taken by the crew to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill where they could be looked after properly and treated for their injuries.

"A very good result indeed."