A FIRE causing more than £6,000 worth of damage to hay bales and trailers in Northam is believed to have been started deliberately.
An investigation is underway to find out how the 20 tonnes of hay and trailers caught alight in Churchill Way yesterday.
One fire engine from Appledore was called to the scene at Marshford House at around 7.25pm after receiving several calls from members of the public.
Upon arrival crews confirmed two large bales of hay and the trailers they were being delivered on well alight.
Firefighters used two main jets via a street hydrant and one hose reel jet to tackle the blazing hay bales.
Police were called in to provide traffic control for the main A386 through Northam.
Fire crews remained at the scene for a couple of hours to turn over the hay bales and dampen down hot spots.
Crews confirmed approximately 20 tonnes of hay and two agricultural trailers were severely damaged by the blaze.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
However, police believe it was started deliberately and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime reference number CD/13/1657.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.