Dog killed and another dog and farmer injured in large Winkleigh farm fire
A dog has been killed and another dog and farmer injured in a large blaze involving a number of farm buildings in Winkleigh.
More than 50 firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze at its height and thick, black smoke could be seen across the village.
At least 16 fire engines were sent to the scene including crews from North Tawton, Bideford, Chulmleigh, Witheridge, South Molton, Barnstaple, Torrington, Okehampton, Crediton, Taunton and Bovey Tracey.
The fire broke out in two farm buildings which were adjacent to a farmhouse, in the West Chapple area off Hatherleigh Road, at around 1pm yesterday.
The farm buildings, measuring approximately 70 metres by 70 metres, contained a number of flammable materials, including 50 tonnes of hay and straw, tanks of diesel, cylinders, fertiliser and asbestos.
It is understood the farmer sustained burns to his arm and was treated for smoke inhalation. One of his dogs had to be put down after the fire tore through one of the farm buildings. Another dog had to be taken away by vets to be treated for burns injuries.
Graham Rooke, incident commander, said firefighters worked extremely quickly to stop the fire spreading to the farmhouse.
He said: “Initial crews to the scene discovered a well-developed fire involving two farm buildings.
“Crews did extremely well under difficult circumstances to contain the fire and stop it spreading completely to the farmhouse. It did spread to parts of the roof but the rest of the farmhouse was OK.”
“The fire tore extremely quickly through the farm buildings and they contained diesel and fertiliser which is extremely dangerous to us.”
Mr Rooke said fire investigators were still at the scene of the fire and were trying to work out the circumstances surrounding the blaze.
However, at this stage the cause of the fire does not look to be suspicious.
Hatherleigh Road was closed in both directions, with police officers managing traffic flow at the Fourways Cross junction, until 2.30pm.
People took to Twitter to share news of the incident.
@charjordan posted: “Why's there so many police cars and fire engines going through winkleigh?! anybody?”
And @kellyjennings wrote: “Hope nobody is hurt or injured! Thoughts are with everybody involved. Have heard the commotion all afternoon xx”