Up to 30 firefighters tackle Overton thatched roof fire

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Firefighters at the thatched roof fire
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Research shows more than 90% of thatch fires are caused by chimney or flue faults

More than 30 firefighters tackled a blaze at a thatched cottage in Hampshire.

The fire broke out inside the roof of the property in Overton, near Basingstoke, which was severely damaged by flames and smoke.

Crews were called to the scene at 1600 GMT on Sunday and managed to control the blaze to prevent it from spreading.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said an investigation had started into the cause of the fire.

No-one was injured.

Group manager Dave Norgate said: "This type of incident is always very difficult to deal with due to the make up of the thatch roof.

"The crews did a fantastic job in making a break in the thatch to stop the fire spreading to involve the whole of the property."

The service said research had shown that more than 90% of fires in thatched properties were caused by faults in the flue or chimney.

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