19.4.16 Fire crews tackle Tincleton thatch fire


Stove ember likely cause of thatch house "inferno" at Tincleton, near Dorchester

More than 70 fire fighters tackled a fire in the roof of a two-storey thatched house in Waterloo Lane in Tincleton, near Dorchester, after the fire broke out on Tuesday 19th April 2016.

Eight fire engines were initially dispatched to the scene, with twelve vehicles in attendance at the height of the blaze.  A Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Ten breathing apparatus kits, two hose-reel jets, four main lines and numerous ladders were used.”

Crews stopped the fire, which was extinguished after three hours, by making breaks in the thatch.

All roads into the village were closed overnight but have since re-opened.

Dorset Fire and Rescue said the occupants of the cottage escaped unhurt.  The service said an investigation will be carried out to discover how the fire started.

There were no reports of any injuries or smoke inhalation and the adjacent thatched building was saved by fire crews.

Fire crews revisited the building on Wednesday morning 20.4.16 to assess the damage and try to determine the cause of the blaze.

A Dorset and Wiltshie Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Because of the damage to the roof, we cannot be 100% sure. 

“It looks like it was an ember from the wood burning stove that came up the chimney and landed on the thatch and because it was such a calm night, it could settle and smoulder.”

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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