A huge barn near Tiverton has been allowed to burn to the ground to prevent large quantities of fertiliser from polluting a nearby stream.
Hundreds of bales of straw and hay, a few large tractors, and 40 tonnes of potentially explosive fertiliser were consumed by flames overnight. Instead, firefighters had to wait for the fertilisers to burn off.
The large barn contained 70 bales of hay, 30 bales of straw, three tractors, and 40 tonnes of fertiliser, all of which were fully involved in the fire.
A hazardous materials officer reached out to the Environment Agency for advice about the fertilisers involved in the fire.
Crews from Tiverton, Witheridge and Danes Castle quickly got to work to contain the fire.
They left the scene early this morning (19 August), handing over responsibility to the farmer.