South Hams Industrial Estate blaze tackled by 80 firefighters

South Hams Industrial Estate
Image caption No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze is being investigated

Up to 80 firefighters have tackled a major blaze at an industrial estate in Devon.

Nine units have been damaged as crews from across the county were called to the South Hams industrial estate at Churchstow, near Kingsbridge.

Emergency services were called at about 02:30 BST and described it as a significant and challenging fire. Police also closed the A379.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze is being investigated.

'Significant incident'

Andy Rowse, incident commander, said: "At the height of the fire we had 10 appliances and a total of 80 firefighters.

"This has been a significant incident and a challenging fire for us to bring under control."

The fire involved a two-storey building is 49ft (15m) by 164ft (50m), where three units were "severely damaged" with smoke and heat affecting the others.

Image caption Up to 80 firefighters tackled the industrial estate blaze

Mr Rowse said they had used hydraulic rescue equipment, normally used to cut people out of cars, to get through roller shutter doors.

The estate includes an electrical supply business, outdoor pursuit company and a boat manufacturer.

Josh Harvey, of Barton Electrical, said the fire had been "devastating" and that some of the company's equipment had melted in the heat.

He said: "The worst thing is the interruption. It's the knock-on effects to customers and other tradesmen around the area. Luckily no-one was hurt."

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