FIRE crews from Newton Abbot, Bovey Tracey and Buckfastleigh joined teams from 13 other fire stations in tackling a huge house fire in Aveton Gifford overnight.

Crews were sent to reports of a house on fire, with an adjacent heating oil tank involved shortly after Midnight.

On arrival, crews requested a further appliance for assistance as the building was well alight.

A Fire Control spokesperson said: ‘Soon after, crews requested a further two appliances due to the size of the fire, making a total of six fire appliances and supporting appliances.

‘Shortly after, another two appliances were requested, confirming gas and oil involved in the fire, and Police were requested to close the road.

‘One domestic property was fully involved in fire, along with several outbuildings, oil drums and several cars nearby. two water bowsers were requested at this point.

The incident continued to escalate and shortly after 1am, a request was made for a further two appliances, making a total of 10, said the spokesperson.

‘Crews fought the fire using compressed air foam, two hose reel jets, three main jets and six breathing apparatus.’

At 0140 hrs, a request was made for the nearest aerial ladder platform appliance.

‘At 0249 hrs, crews confirmed 50% of the property affected by fire, one external ruptured oil drum, and two cars.

‘The fire was being fanned by winds, hindering the crews progress. Crews increased their firefighting attack with a further compressed air foam jet, along with a ladder and lighting, a fire hydrant and a nearby swimming pool being used as a water source.

‘At 2am, crews sent an update that steady progress was being made damping down the fire using the aerial appliance, and one hose reel jet. Crews began rotating, with relief crews being sent.

‘The A379 was closed, and was due to reopen at 7am.’

By just after 6.30am this morning (Wednesday) the incident was still ongoing.