A CAR fire damaged two nearby static caravans.

Firefighters from Chard and Martock were sent to the scene of a car fire in Station Road,  Ilminster, after several calls from members of the public at around noon today (Sunday).

"Upon arrival, fire crews confirmed one vehicle well alight and requested a second fire engine as the vehicle was located near to static caravans," said a Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson.

"The fire was extinguished by fire crews using two breathing apparatus wearers and one hose reel jet."

The car was severely damaged by the fire, they added, while two static caravans 'had sustained 10% smoke damage and there was heat damage to one window'. 

A running fuel fire was also extinguished using compressed air foam systems and the Environment Agency was made aware of a small amount of fuel that had entered a nearby watercourse.

The cause of the fire is believed to have been accidental.