Firefighters spent much of yesterday bringing a barn fire under control.

Calls were first received relating to the fire on Staddon Road, Holsworthy, at around 1am yesterday morning.

Initially one fire engine from Holsworthy, one fire engine from Hatherleigh and a water carrier from Barnstaple attended the incident alongside officers.

On arrival, crews confirmed the barn, containing 80 tonnes of hay and straw, was well alight, and a request was made for support from extra crews and water. Cornwall Fire Service assisted the incident with two fire engines, one from Bude and one from Launceston.

“Western Power was able to isolate the electrics to the property, at which point crews were able to assist moving cattle from an adjacent barn to a place of safety,” said a Devon Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson.

“Crews tackled the fire using two breathing apparatus, two compressed air foam jets, three jets using water from a water shuttle and dam.”

After three hours of firefighting, relief crews were sent from Okehampton, Bideford, and Chagford, said Devon Fire and Rescue.