Diesel tanker set alight in West Ashton

Wiltshire Times: Blaze extinguished at West Ashton farm Blaze extinguished at West Ashton farm

A fire on a farm visible from two miles away was extinguished this morning, after a fuel tanker caught alight.

Fire crews were called to the farm in West Ashton at 12.33am when a tractor fire spread to an outbuilding containing 40,000 litres of diesel fuel.

Three crews from Trowbridge and Westbury attended the scene along with a water carrier from Pewsey, and worked to put out the flames with water jets.

It is believed an electrical or battery fault caused the fire in the tractor, which was stored in an outbuilding alongside a 52,000 litre tanker. Much of the fuel drained away, but approximately 20,000 litres was burnt in the blaze, which was visible from the BP garage on West Ashton Road, almost two miles away. No one was injured in the fire.

The fire was eventually extinguished around 2.20am, when the diesel supply was safely isolated.

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