Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fire at Durley thatched cottage destroys roof

Thatched cottage fire
Image caption Thatched property owners have been urged to check and maintain the safety of their chimneys

A fire has destroyed the roof of a thatched cottage in Durley.

Up to 100 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze that broke out in the roof of the two-storey house shortly before 11:00 BST.

Crews using specialist equipment units spent almost five hours bringing it under control.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire was not yet known. No-one is believed to have been injured.

Area manager Andy Bowers has urged owners of other thatched properties to check and maintain the safety of their chimneys.

He said: " The majority of fires at thatched properties are started by sparks or heat transfer. It is crucially important that chimneys and flues are checked regularly by verified professionals.

"This will hopefully help in reducing these sorts of incidents."

The latest fire comes after a Grade II-listed thatched cottage in Cholderton, near Andover, was destroyed by fire two weeks ago on 5 April.

About 200 firefighters tackled three separate blazes at thatched properties in Hampshire on Good Friday.

The fires happened at a row of cottages in East Meon High Street, and cottages at Church Street, Andover, and Claypits Lane, Dibden.

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