ILMINSTER Fire Station has published photographs of the devastation caused by a massive blaze.

A total of four houses were affected by the fire in Bush's Orchard, Ilminster, yesterday afternoon (Saturday).

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And three garages were completely destroyed.

The fire initially spread to two neighbouring properties after breaking out at 4pm.This is The West Country:

A fourth house was also involved later on.

At one stage firefighters called to tackle the flames suspended operations due to a gas main being involved.

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The fire was finally out by 10pm, by which time all crews had left the scene.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "The fire was deemed to be accidental but unsure of the exact cause.

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"A total of four houses were affected by the fire and three garages were completely destroyed."

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PHOTOS: Ilminster Fire Station.