Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Withersfield: Large fire destroys £675,000 thatched home which was to be sold

12:32 23 June 2014

Aftermath of a thatched fire in Withersfield, near Haverhill.

Aftermath of a thatched fire in Withersfield, near Haverhill.

Withersfield

A Grade II listed home on the market for more than £650,000 in west Suffolk suffered a devastating thatch fire yesterday.

Aftermath of a thatched fire in Withersfield, near Haverhill.Aftermath of a thatched fire in Withersfield, near Haverhill.

Fire crews were called to Turnpike Hill in Withersfield, near Haverhill, shortly before 11am. The blaze ripped through the thatch, destroying the roof of the Grade II listed £675,000 property despite the efforts of dozens of firefighters.

It is understood the couple, who were believed to be preparing to move from their three-bedroom home, are staying at a hotel after the ordeal.

Next-door neighbour Hannah Green, 25, along with her boyfriend and brother rushed to help when they heard shouting coming from the garden.

She said: “They were burning some documents, having a clear-out before the move. I heard a scream of someone saying ‘call the fire brigade’. We brought a hose and buckets to help to try and get it out. I cannot believe what’s happened.”

The couple were believed to be planning to move out in just two weeks.

A total of 10 crews attended as well as water carriers and a command support team.

Mick Peck, watch commander at Needham Market, was heading the relief operation once the fire was brought under control.

He said: “There’s no roof left whatsoever, all the thatch has gone. The first crews here managed to salvage most of the furniture and take it out of the building. There’s nothing left apart from the outside walls.

“An investigation has now started into the cause of the fire.”

The road in the quiet village was closed for hours while fire crews worked at the scene.

Volunteers from The Salvation Army arrived and offered firefighters tea and refreshments. Luckily the fire did not spread to the property’s garage which is also thatched.

Neighbour Elizabeth Poynder said: “I saw the fire engines when I went down the road as it started. There were two engines first but I could not get back home very easily later on as more fire engines had arrived. They (the couple) are fine, the fire engines got there quickly but they said they could not do much with the house.

“No-one was in danger, they got most of the contents out.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A 20-year-old man from Ipswich has been charged with allegedly kicking a female police officer in the face and biting her male colleague.

BHS in Ipswich.

With BHS set to close across the country by the end of August, retail bosses and politicians are now looking for an alternative use for the large store in Ipswich’s Butter Market Street.

Simon O'Brien-Ellington with his wife, Claire.

Paths are for people, not for cars. That is the driving force behind a campaign started by Ipswich man Simon O’Brien-Ellington who says badly parked cars block access for wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs and blind people.

Pupils at Sprites Primary School have a junior pig named Mudlet that they have painted as part of Pigs Gone Wild project.

Can your children create a brightly coloured pig to rival those that have popped up around Ipswich this summer?

England's Harry Martin in 2014.

The greatest sporting spectacle on the planet is almost upon us once again.

Roadworks on Princes Street in Ipswich.

A year ago the Ipswich Vision was published – looking at how the town centre should be transformed to make it more attractive to shoppers and those looking for a day out.

The Premier Inn hotel in Bury St Edmunds - council teams stayed at the Bournemouth hotel

They may be based just yards from each other – but Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough had very different bills at the end of their annual visit to the nation’s main event for local authorities.

Registered sex offenders missing

Six of Suffolk’s 700-plus registered sex offenders are currently listed as missing, police have said.

The Ipswich Borough Council building on Russell Road.

Ipswich Council is being reorganised in a bid to make the authority more focussed on attracting new business and jobs to the town.

Police are investigating

Police investigating a burglary at a house in Shalford, near Braintree, are searching for a group of teenagers seen in the area.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24