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Cottage saved in fire drama

PUBLISHED: 07:24 12 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:32 03 March 2010

A CLEAN up operation will be in force today to salvage a cottage that could have been destroyed by a thatched roof blaze.

More than 50 firefighters tackled a fierce blaze last night which tore through the roof of the cottage leaving it badly damaged.

A CLEAN up operation will be in force today to salvage a cottage that could have been destroyed by a thatched roof blaze.

More than 50 firefighters tackled a fierce blaze last night which tore through the roof of the cottage leaving it badly damaged.

The fire broke out at Cooks Cottage in Top Green, Denston, near Stradishall, at around 9pm last night and at its peak half the roof was ablaze.

Crews climbed 9ft ladders and were forced to strip away some of the remaining thatch as they tackled the blaze, while a salvage operation also swung into action to rescue any items from the house itself.

The elderly owners were in the house when the fire broke out and stayed at the scene throughout trying to salvage items. The male occupier had to be treated by an ambulance at the scene after stumbling in the house and bumping his head.

Assistant Divisional Officer Kevin Burton praised the Wickhambrook crews who were first on the scene.

He said: "When I got here they had done an excellent job. They had got the ladders up on the roof. There was a good fire burning and taking hold. They cut the thatch away. It was a race against time to take the thatch away before the fire took hold.

"They were working in hot and smoky conditions. Damage was confined to the thatch and a little bit of the loft – the house itself will be suffering from smoke inside and water damage."

Ten fire crews were called to the scene, including units from Wickhambrook, Clare, Haverhill, Bury, Melford, Linton and Sudbury.

The property measured 20 metres by 10 metres, and early indications are that the fire started in the chimney area.


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