Shocked firefighters discover a body when responding to a barn fire in Devon: Police launch an investigation into the mysterious find
- The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called to Tiverton Road
- The fire broke out around 8 p.m. and the police were called 20 minutes later
A police investigation has been launched following the discovery of a body after a fire broke out in a barn in Bampton, Devon.
The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called to an address near The Exeter Inn in Tiverton Road on 21 April.
The fire broke out sometime around 8 p.m. and police were then called at 8:20 p.m. after firefighters discovered a body.
It has not yet been confirmed who the person was, including their age or gender.
A road closure has been put in place in both directions between Cove Hill in Cove and the B3227 at the Black Cat junction in Bampton.
Firefighters found a body after a major fire in Bampton last night
Police closed the road on the A396 in Tiverton last night
It remains in effect for today as police continue their investigation.
Pip Orne, the innkeeper at the Exeter Inn, confirmed officers were still patrolling the scene. ITVX understands.
The proximity of the incident has resulted in the pub’s main car park being closed.
Mrs Orne said no one is allowed down there. All we know is it happened around 9pm yesterday and apparently someone was found down there.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: ‘Police have been called to a report of a barn fire in Bampton by the fire service. Unfortunately, a body of a person was found at the scene.
“Police are currently on the scene investigating. We believe there is no threat to the general public.”