Devon and Somerset Fire Service has spent the early hours of this morning tackling a huge blaze at Chivenor Business Park, Devon. 14 cars and 19 minibuses belonging to Chivenor Car Hire have been destroyed.
It took 35 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. The operation was further complicated by the need to isolate a nearby gas supply. A police and fire service investigation is now underway.
A search and rescue helicopter firm is considering keeping a crew at Royal Marines Base Chivenor in North Devon.
Under current plans Bristow - who won the 10 year contract - will fly from 10 locations around the country from 2015, with the Chivenor operation moving to St Athan in Wales. But local politicians have met with the firm and say Bristow have agreed to look at a reduced presence at Chivenor.
North Devon Council Leader Brian Greenslade and local MP Sir Nick Harvey have today met the Transport Minister in a bid to get the decision to scrap the search and rescue helicopter, based at Chivenor.
They say that with so many holidaymakers, the North Devon base is one of the busiest and switching the service to Wales doesn't make sense.