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Crews fight to contain large fire in business park

Eight fire engines have been called out to a fire in a commercial building in Tiverton.

It's at the Tiverton Business Park.

Crews from Tiverton, Cullompton and Witheridge were originally mobilised - they called for assistance from another three trucks.

Fire fighters say that in a building measuring 100m by 40m over half the industrial units inside were well alight on arrival.

The Aerial Ladder Platform is also being used to tackle the fire.

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Firefighters save 58,000 chickens from burning shed

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Nearly 60,000 birds had a lucky escape after a fire in a chicken shed.

Firefighters in Gloucestershire were called to a fire in Badgeworth near Cheltenham.

A farmer reported that the roof of his chicken shed was well alight, with more than 58,000 chickens inside.

Seven fire engines were called out to tackle the roof fire, and although a third of it was badly damaged, all the chickens inside were saved after an extractor fan was used to keep the smoke high up, close to the roof.

Due to the quick thinking and intuition of our firefighters we were able to rapidly extinguish the fire and minimise the damage caused, which successfully ensured the safety of 58,000 chickens. The welfare of the livestock and the business continuity were a key priority and we are pleased with the successful outcome

– Stewart Edgar, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service

St Erth fire finally put out

Firefighters have successfully put out a giant fire at a recycling plant that caused mass disruption in Cornwall. Crews were called to the recycling yard next to St Erth station just after 8pm on Monday 8 August.


TRAVEL: Cancelled train services after fire on railway line

Thousands of travellers have faced a day of disruption in Cornwall as roads and rail lines have been closed by a huge black cloud of smoke from burning tyres.

Here are the affected lines:

  • No service on CrossCountry between St Erth and Penzance. Tickets being accepted on Great Western Railway services.
  • Passengers may alternatively use bus routes 14,17 and 18. Services between Truro and Plymouth are not affected.
  • Replacement bus service running on Great Western Railway between St Erth and St Ives (Cornwall), and between St Erth and Penzance.
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