Fire crews race to Devon industrial blaze


Members of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service responded rapidly to a recent incident that took place at a local business hub after receiving an alert.

The large fire involved an extensive amount of combustible material that was being dealt with at a recycling plant based at the Hill Barton Business Park, located close to Exeter. Around 300 tonnes of wood were set alight within a shredder on site at around 1.15 pm, according to early reports from the service.

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A total of 13 different appliances arrived at the recycling plant in Clyst St Mary, with firefighters tackling the woodpile blaze with jet hoses while being mounted on cherry pickers to gain an aerial advantage.

Fire crews soon confirmed they were making steady progress to extinguish the flaming timber, but advised nearby residents to protect themselves from possible smoke inhalation by closing their windows and doors.

A spokesperson for the fire service commented that the wood fire would be left to burn out on its own, under the watchful eye of the firefighters and under controlled conditions.

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