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30 firefighters tackle thatch blaze

Upto 30 firefighters have tackled a blaze at a thatched cottage in Oxfordshire.

Crews from Wantage, Didcot, Abingdon, Woodstock, Oxford, Kidlington, Wheatley and Eynsham were called to the cottage at East Hagbourne near Didcot at 10:30pm on Saturday night.

The fire rapidly spread to the roof of the cottage. The occupiers escaped unhurt.

Crews worked through the night damping down the thatch. The road will remain closed for much of Sunday.

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Thatch cottage fire: pictures

Firefighters scale the roof of the cottage to put out the flames Credit: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

At least forty firefighters were called out to a fire at a thatched cottage in Hampshire. The blaze broke out last night in the roof of the building in Ibthorpe, near Andover. No one was in the building at the time. Half of the roof has been destroyed.

Around half the roof was saved Credit: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

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Dramatic pictures of thatched cottage fire

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a thatched cottage in Moreton near Dorchester yesterday. Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a thatched cottage in Moreton near Dorchester yesterday afternoon.

Five crews attended the incident using hose reel jets to extinguish the fire and ladders to remove smouldering thatch from the roof.

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a thatched cottage in Moreton near Dorchester yesterday. Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

Firefighters were still on the scene this morning, dampening down hotspots.

The cause of this fire is believed to be a breech in the chimney which allowed the hot flue to ignite combustible material. No one was injured.

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a thatched cottage in Moreton near Dorchester yesterday. Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue