Fears that the River Culm was badly polluted after a fire at a Clayhidon farm have been allayed by the Environment Agency.
A barn full of hay and a workshop at Palmers were lost to a severe fire in the early hours of 2 September. Diesel from a 2,000-litre tank spilled across the road and some found its way into the River Culm, where the Environment Agency placed a boom to stop it spreading downstream.
Thirty five firemen attended after Thelma and Phil Blackmore awoke at 4am to the sound of popping and saw their outbuildings ablaze. They moved their cows and calves to safety before the fire brigade arrived. Hours later the hay barn was still burning and all the tools in the workshop had been lost.
The Environment Agency told BBC Radio Devon it had removed the trapped fuel and the environmental impact seemed “minimal”. It did not anticipate any long-term impacts” and no fish had been reported dead.