Firefighters spent the early evening yesterday battling to save a barn containing machinery and a diesel tank in west Cornwall. 

An emergency call was first made just before 4.40pm yesterday, with major pumps from Helston and Falmouth initially sent to Porkellis, along with a four-wheel drive pump and two fire officers, to investigate.

On arrival, the incident commander called for back up, with two further major pumps coming from Tolvaddon and Falmouth.

A fire service spokesperson said: "At 4.38pm Critical Control received an emergency call reporting a fire involving a barn which contained machinery and a diesel tank.

"The barn, measuring 30 x 50 metres, was fought using breathing apparatus, hose reel jets and a safety jet."

With the flames put out, some of the crews remained there for another 30 minutes, to complete a report.