Thatch blaze destroys Ashreigney house


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Seven fire crews tackle Sunday blaze at two storey home.

A two storey thatched house and two outbuildings at Ashreigney were gutted by fire yesterday (Sunday).

Fire fighters from seven stations across the area were called to the scene just after 11am after a workshop fire spread to an adjoining thatched roof.

Crews from Chulmleigh, Hatherleigh and Torrington were first in attendance, followed by more pumps from South Molton, Barnstaple, North Tawton and Bideford, plus the incident command unit from Ilfracombe and the aerial ladder platform and water carrier from Barnstaple.

After initial salvage work the crews stripped the burning thatch from the roof and into the afternoon six relief crews from Crediton, Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Lynton, Tiverton and Bampton were called out.

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The British Red Cross and Salvation Army were on hand to provide support and welfare services.

After seven hours the incident was declared under control, leaving the entire roof and first floor of the dwelling destroyed by fire, with the rest of the property suffering form smoke and water damage.

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Fire crews stayed on site to damp down any hot spots. The cause of the blaze is believed to be accidental.

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