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Trains halted as fire breaks out by railway station

Photo: Network Rail/ Ivybridge Fire Station

Quick actions by Devon and Somerset fire crews last night stopped a fire spreading at a train station.

Crews were called to Ivybridge in the South Hams just after 9pm, where land leading up to the edge of a platform was alight.

All trains were stopped for a time, but have now resumed.

A spokesperson for Ivybridge Fire Station said: "Tonight we were mobilised to a fire at Ivybridge Railway Station. On arrival crews were faced with a length of embankment, fencing and bamboo trees well alight.

"This was a challenging incident due to no nearby water hydrants. Crews from Modbury and Crownhill were requested for extra water and personnel.

"The officer in charge liaised with the railway incident officer to ensure all trains were stopped before committing firefighters onto the tracks.

"One this was achieved the fire was stopped before effecting a close by electrical consumer unit and many more metres of fencing and hedgerow.

"The incident is now resolved and the line is open for transport once again."

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