Fire crews from across the north of Cornwall spent yesterday battling a large agricultural fire that lasted into the evening.

Critical Control first received a call about a fire inside a dairy building, at Davidstow, at 1.45pm on Monday.

One crew from Delabole and another from Launceston were sent initially, along with the aerial ladder platform from Newquay.

However, it quickly became clear that backup would be needed.

A Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said at the time: "On arrival, the crews confirmed there was a fire in a silo and requested a further pump, which was mobilised from Launceston.

"Firefighters, some wearing breathing apparatus, are containing the fire to the silo, using one hosereel. The aerial ladder platform is in use for the safety of firefighters who are working at height."

Two further crews were requested just after 4.15pm, which came from Callington – who were already standing by at Launceston – and Bude.

The fire was still burning at that time and fire crews were expected to remain on scene for some time.

By 6.50pm a total of five major appliances from Delabole, Launceston, Bude and Callington were in attendance, along with an aerial ladder platform from Newquay and water carrier from Wadebridge.

Finally, by 8.30pm, the fire was believed to be out and the incident began scaling down.

However, it was not until gone 11pm that all appliances had left the scene and the incident was handed over to staff on site.