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Fire breaks out in barn at Carn Friars Farm


A fire broke out in a barn at Carn Friars farm on St Mary's on Friday afternoon (June 29th).

Fire crews from all islands attended the blaze after it was designated a 'major incident'. Police, Coastguards and doctors were at the site, as well as Firefighters and Station Managers from Penzance. There were no injuries.

Cornwall Fire & Rescue said at 5.53pm yesterday: "All appliances from the Isles of Scilly were mobilised to a barn fire this evening. It involved two barns which was spreading to holiday cottages. "The crews used hosereels and breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire."

The islands' Openreach engineer Stuart Moore said that a telegraph pole was also caught in the blaze and will need to be replaced, but the process is complicated by an electrical attachment on it. Some 130 metres of cabling will also need to be replaced. Around 20 customers in the Normandy area have been affected.

Steve Sims, the Council's Lead Member for Place, said: "I don't know too many details but I have seen the site. It was a big fire that potentially could have been significantly worse. Containment was a major issue with everything around being bone dry.

"As usual our fire crews from St Mary's and the other islands who came over did a fantastic job and stopped an already dangerous situation from becoming much worse. We can all be justifiably proud of them. A big thank you from me."

A fire investigation will be carried out today.


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