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Thousands of chickens saved from barns blaze in Loddiswell

By Jon_Bayley  |  Posted: April 12, 2013

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Fire crews from across South Devon tackled a fire which spread over a number of barns this afternoon.

The blaze started at the chicken barn at Lower Hazelwood Farm in Loddiswell at just after midday today.

Fire crews from Kingsbridge, Ivybridge, Salcombe and Totnes, along with the water foam carrier from Torquay, were sent to the incident after a large number of calls to the fire control centre.

The incident command unit and a support appliance were also sent from Totnes and Paignton.

The building was used as a wood store and egg sorting room and was well alight upon arrival.

Western Power were requested to isolate the mains and reinstate a new supply due to lighting and heating for other the chicken sheds.

The fire involved a range of agricultural barns and chicken shed measuring 20 metres by 8 metres.

One shed was well alight and covering jets were being used to protect sheds either side.

Firefighters report minor asbestos involved and the crews are using 4 breathing apparatus, 3 main jets, 2 hose reel jets, 1 short extension ladder and compressed air foam.

The water shuttle is in use from California Cross.

By 2:15pm good progress was being made and crews were damping down the fire.

The electricity was disconnected and the incident was scaled down.

One barn was destroyed by fire but the adjoining barns were protected using covering jets and were undamaged.

Decontamination for the minor asbestos for 10 personnel was carried out.

Crews left the scene at 3:30pm but firefighters will=l return at 5pm to check over the site.

In total 6,00 chickens were saved from the fire.

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