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Cottage badly damaged after thatch blaze

Up to 50 firefighters have been tackling a blaze which all but destroyed a large thatched cottage in south Wiltshire.

Crews were faced with a "rapidly developing" fire at the property in Moor Lane, Whiteparish, close to the Hampshire border.

The alarm was raised at 9.30 on Sunday morning with 10 fire engines called to the scene.

Moor Lane remains closed at the junction with the A36 Southampton Road to allow for access.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue crews were given support by colleagues in Hampshire.

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There were no reports of any casualties during the fire at Gills Hole Farmhouse.

A number of animals were moved away to safety and are reported to be unhurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and crews are now damping down but expect to be at the scene for "a considerable time".