Hatherleigh cattle market fire prompts asbestos fears

Hatherleigh sheep auction
Image caption A weekly sheep auction normally takes place at Hatherleigh on a Monday

Firefighters have tackled a large blaze at one of Devon's main cattle markets.

The fire broke out at Hatherleigh Cattle Market just after 03:30 BST and destroyed the roof of the main sheep auction building.

About 30 firefighters were sent to the scene and a cordon was put in place around the market following fears of asbestos contamination.

Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are investigating the cause.

A sheep auction is normally held every Monday at the market.

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