Hay bale blaze in Woodbury Salterton thought to have been started ‘deliberately’

PUBLISHED: 13:31 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:01 16 August 2018

Fire fighters tackle a blaze involving hundreds of hay bales at Greendale Business Park, in Woodbury Salterton. Picture: Jason Sedgemore.

Fire fighters tackle a blaze involving hundreds of hay bales at Greendale Business Park, in Woodbury Salterton. Picture: Jason Sedgemore.

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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service claims that a fire which saw hundreds of hay bales in Woodbury Salterton catch fire was deliberate.

Fire fighters tackle a blaze involving hundreds of hay bales at Greendale Business Park, in Woodbury Salterton. Picture: Jason Sedgemore.Fire fighters tackle a blaze involving hundreds of hay bales at Greendale Business Park, in Woodbury Salterton. Picture: Jason Sedgemore.

Fire fighters were tackling the blaze - which is believed to have involved 300-400 hay bales at a field in Greendale Business Park - for more than 14 hours yesterday (Wednesday, August 15).

Crews from Middlemoor and Danes Castle were called out at around 5am and finally extinguished the fire at around 8.45pm.

According to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, the fire is thought to have been started deliberately.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “Crews have extinguished the fire and left the scene. The cause was deemed as deliberate.”

Fire fighters tackle a blaze involving hundreds of hay bales at Greendale Business Park, in Woodbury Salterton. Picture: Jason Sedgemore.Fire fighters tackle a blaze involving hundreds of hay bales at Greendale Business Park, in Woodbury Salterton. Picture: Jason Sedgemore.

The fire service was initially called out after reports of hay bales on fire within a field in Woodbury Salterton.

A single fire appliance from Middlemoor responded and then requested a further fire engine from Danes Castle.

According to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, there was around 300 to 400 large straw bales well alight and crews with two hose reel jets and a telehandler was also requested to help.

A water carrier from Danes Castle was also called out due to water supply issues and to help in protecting adjacent buildings.

Fire fighters tackle a blaze involving hundreds of hay bales at Greendale Business Park, in Woodbury Salterton. Picture: Jason Sedgemore.Fire fighters tackle a blaze involving hundreds of hay bales at Greendale Business Park, in Woodbury Salterton. Picture: Jason Sedgemore.

At around 9am the fire service telehandler was moving burning material away from the road edge and crews were still extinguishing the fire using hose reel jets.

Within 20 minutes Middlesmoor crews requested that the water bowser attended to provide water to extinguish the hay bales.

By midday crews were advising neighbouring residents and businesses to keep windows and doors shut due to smoke in the area.

By 845pm the fire service was reporting that the fire had been extinguished.

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