A forage harvester was totally destroyed and a range of farm buildings were damaged when fire broke out at a farm near Shebbear in Devon.

The fire broke out around 2pm on Tuesday, July 21.

The forage harvester was housed in a barn which subsequently caught fire.

When Devon and Somerset Fire Service arrived, they found that the farmer had managed to move the harvester from the barn but that it was well alight.

A spokesperson for the fire service said: "On arrival crews confirmed that the forage harvester was well alight and that the farmer had managed to remove it from the barn.

"However, the barn was also involved in fire.

"The forage harvester was 100 per cent damaged by fire and a range of farm buildings were 10 per cent damaged."

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A fire appliance from Hatherleigh, one from Holsworthy, one from Torrington and the Incident Support Unit from Bovey Tracey fought the fire but as the barn was also alight, another fire appliance was sent from Bideford.

To deal with the incident, crews used four breathing apparatus, a hose reel, a compressed air foam jet, two thermal image cameras, a triple extension ladder, two environmental packs and small tools.