FIREFIGHTERS took nearly three hours to extinguish a property fire in Ilminster that involved a chemical plant.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was called to a property fire on Winterhay Lane in the south Somerset town, shortly after 7.30pm.

Two crews from Taunton and Crewkerne were initially mobilised to the incident, along with an incident command unit from Honiton.

Firefighters got to work using two breathing apparatus, a main jet and a thermal imaging camera as they tried to put out the fire, and confirmed the fire involved a chemical plant.

Another appliance from Axminster was requested just before 8pm as firefighters battled to control the fire as it continued to rage.

More than two hours later, at 10.16pm, firefighters confirmed that the fire had been fully extinguished.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.