POLICE have said the fire which devastated a farm in Stretcholt near Bridgwater in the early hours of this morning is not “currently being treated as arson”.
They also believe there are no links with this fire and the one in Creech St Michael or at Bridgwater college.
The blaze, which involved farm buildings, a stable and domestic accommodation, started at about 1am.
All animals on the farm were moved to safety but a police helicopter deployed and a specialist ambulance response team sent to investigate after it was reported that someone was missing,
The fire also involved ‘low hazard asbestos’ according to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
This is the third large fire in the Bridgwater and Taunton area in the last three days. In the early hours of Thursday morning workshops were gutted at Bridgwater college then on Friday a barn containing 300 tonnes of hay was destroyed by a blaze at a farm between Monkton Heathfield and Creech St Michael at 9.53pm.
An update from the fire service said: “Crews from Bridgwater and Burnham on sea attended reports of a property fire. En route, crews saw the fire in the distance and requested the water carrier from Bridgwater.
“Crews arrived and requested assistance from a further six pumps as the fire was well established. More appliances were sent from Burnham-on-sea, Taunton, Nether Stowey, Cheddar and Wellington. The incident command unit was also sent from Street.”
Additional appliances were sent from Wellington, Glastonbury, Ilminster and Somerton along with relief crews from Somerton, Minehead, Williton, Dulverton, Honiton and Tiverton. The incident support unit from Yeovil and the environmental protection unit from Taunton also attended.
The fires service reported: “By 5.57am the incident was down to six pumps with steady progress being made.”