Firefighters tackle cottages on fire in Crediton
Fire crews will remain overnight at the scene of a fire in a Devon town.
A row of thatched cottages have been damaged by the blaze which began in Crediton at about lunchtime.
Several crews have been tackling the blaze in Mill Street, a spokesman for Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.
The fire took hold in an historical part of the town known locally as the traditional birthplace of St Boniface. There are no reports of any injuries.
The fire affected a row of five thatched cottages before spreading to a sixth property.
John Miller, from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The fire spread in both directions across the thatched roofs. The crews have been working hard under difficult circumstances.
"Our primary role now is to try and find out how the fire has been caused and support the people of the community."
Staff working at a nearby pub described seeing "a large plume of greyish brown smoke going high in the sky".
Road closures were still in place on Thursday evening.