Army base in Berkshire evacuated over barn blaze

Firefighters at scene of barn fire on Friday, 8 July
Image caption The fire is believed to have been started by accident

An Army base was partially evacuated after a fire involving an acetylene cylinder broke out in a nearby barn.

Fire crews set up a 200m (656ft) cordon around the barn in Priors Court Road in Hermitage near Chieveley after being called on Thursday night.

Part of the Hermitage base was evacuated while the fire was put out.

Personnel were later allowed back into the majority of the barracks but fire crews are on standby while the cylinder is made safe.

Priors Court Road is expected to be closed for the rest of the day.

The fire, which is believed to have been started accidentally, destroyed the barn, a fire service spokesperson said.

A mobile vehicle, the same used to detect improvised explosive devices, was brought from London to go into the barn to check the cylinder.

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