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Firefighters tackle thatch blaze for hours to bring it under control

Multiple vehicles attended the scene of a fire in the thatched roof of two properties in Yampton.

A specialist crew was also brought in from Somerset. They've pulled the thatch down and used an aerial platform and high volume water pumps to tackle the flames.

Crews even managed to rescue many of the belongings from both homes.

Group Commander Robbie Woods has praised all who helped bring the fire under control:

People out there watching this who own a thatch are probably quite concerned and I would say if you've got any concerns at all, and if you've not got precautions in place, contact your local fire station or look at the website and we'll be able to offer you any assistance that you need

– Robbie Woods, Group Commander for West Devon

Chimney fire spreads to thatched roof in Yealmpton

Chimney fire spreads to thatched roof Credit: ITV West Country

A chimney fire at a house in Devon has spread to the thatched roof of two properties.

On arrival at the address in Yealmpton crews confirmed that 25 per cent of the thatched roof was alight. Just after 5pm crews called for further assistance, and firefighters are still tackling the fire.

10 appliances have been called to help deal with the blaze, including an Aerial platform from Crownhill, a Water Bowser from Plympton, High Volume pumps from Clyst St George and a Command Support Unit from Wiveliscombe.

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Jack Nowell to start in key Six Nations clash against Ireland

Jack Nowell in action at last years Six Nations Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Stuart Lancaster has named winger Jack Nowell in his starting side to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

The Cornishman will replace Jonny May after his superb form for Exeter Chiefs.

Nowell failed to make the squad for England's first two Six Nations matches despite having played most of the tournament last year.

However after inspiring the Chiefs to a win over Harlequins last weekend, Lancaster could not overlook the winger's scintillating form.

This game could be be key in deciding the championship with England and Ireland the only two unbeaten sides.

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