Animals escape major barn fire unhurt

An investigation is under way into the cause of a fire that destroyed a barn and other farm buildings.

Around 50 firefighters tackled the blaze at Forder Farm, in the Leigham area of Plymouth, in Devon on Friday night (2 March).

The fire started in a 20m x 10m barn and it quickly spread to neighbouring buildings.

Crews stayed overnight to tackle the blaze in the building, which contained hay, straw and fertiliser.

Some farm machinery was destroyed but firefighters were able to save larger equipment, including tractors.

Clouds of smoke could be seen drifting across northern parts of Plymouth and police urged residents to close doors and windows.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service stopped the spread of the flames and protected livestock from the fire and the effects of the smoke.

An investigation has begun into the cause of the blaze, the fire service said.