The fire service has put out a warning after a spate of barn fires around south Devon. There have been six in just six weeks and investigators think an arsonist might be to blame.
There have been six arson attacks on farm buildings around Newton Abbot and South Devon in the past six weeks.
All the fires were clustered around the same area, within ten miles of Newton Abbot, at Compton, Kingskerswell, Stokeinteignhead, Denbury and Dawlish.
Fires like these can have a devastating impact on farmers and their families.
Arthur Wrayford's barn went up in flames as he and his family were enjoying a meal together at their farm in Denbury near Newton Abbot on New Year's Day. The alarm was raised just after 9pm as the fire was really taking hold. They believe it was started deliberately.
Aside from the tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage done to the barn and farm machinery, Arthur Wrayford is also concerned for the welfare of his sheep.
The flock of pregnant ewes were in the field beside the barn and visibly shaken by the fire.
Some local farmers are said to be investing in intruder sensors and the fire service has issued a warning to all farm owners in the area to be vigilant.
The Wrayfords have had offers of straw from neighbours to keep them going through the winter but they're reluctant to buy in a lorryload to fill the other barn in case the arsonists return.