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Fifty firefighters tackle Great Haseley thatch blaze

Thatch fire Image copyright Oxfordshire Fire service
Image caption Up to 50 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze

Fire crews worked through the night after a thatch roof fire in Oxfordshire.

Smoke was spotted coming from the property in Great Haseley just before 17:30 BST on Sunday, with flames engulfing almost half of the roof.

Up to 50 firefighters attended the blaze, with a specialist team using chainsaws to cut fire breaks to protect the rest of the home.

Crews in breathing apparatus tackled the flames from inside the property.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Marcus Reay, from Oxfordshire fire service, said "[We] used ladders to allow specialist teams to climb the roof and cut fire breaks using chainsaws.

"This is a new technique that we have developed for thatch fires which allows us to limit fire spread, giving us more time to salvage personal possessions from within properties."

Image copyright Oxfordshire Fire service
Image caption The cause of the blaze is not yet known
Image copyright Oxfordshire Fire service
Image caption Crews used a new technique of cutting fire breaks in the roof to try to prevent the spread of the flames
Image copyright Oxfordshire Fire service
Image caption Smoke was seen coming from the home just before 17:30 BST on Sunday

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