A CATTLE Market blaze in Hatherleigh has prompted asbestos concerns in the town.
Police are currently investigating what caused the blaze, which took eight fire crews to tackle in the early hours of this morning.
The fire service received several calls just before 3.40am reporting a number of cattle sheds on fire at Hatherleigh Market in Lairage Field.
Crews from Hatherleigh and Okehampton initially went to the scene, but called for assistance from further crews from North Tawton and Torrington, and
an incident command vehicle from Ilfracombe.
A number of single story buildings in the 100 by 50 metre plot were on fire, but crews managed to contain the fire to one corner section of one of the buildings.
Western Power also went to the plot to disconnect the electricity supply.
After more than an hour and a half, crews managed to extinguish the fire using four hose reel jets and an open water supply.
Approximately 8% of the building was severely damaged by the fire.
The building's roof contained asbestos, and the site has now been cordoned off as a precaution.
Police are now investing the cause of the blaze.