Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has revealed its investigations into the recent spate of fires in thatched properties has established a common link.
Although investigations into the causes of these fires are still ongoing, early indications suggest they have been caused by excessive heat being transferred through the chimney or the chimney liner to the thatch, therefore creating an ignition source.
Each of the properties involved had wood burners installed as a main heating source.
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