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Suffolk firefighters praised for 'quick intervention and hard graft' after battling blaze at thatched cottage in Hundon




A Suffolk fire service chief has praised the 'quick intervention and hard craft' of crews who battled a blaze at a thatched property and prevented it from spreading.

Thirteen crews from across Suffolk attended the thatch roof fire at a cottage, in Clockhall Lane, Hundon, yesterday at 5.33pm.

They used breathing equipment, four hose reels, two covering jets, ladders and other equipment to tackle the flames.

Fire crews on the scene of a blaze at a thatched cottage in Hundon. Picture: Sudbury Fire Station
Fire crews on the scene of a blaze at a thatched cottage in Hundon. Picture: Sudbury Fire Station

A fire service spokesman said the thatch fire surrounded the chimney of the property and crews were able to create breaks to limit the spread before bringing the blaze under control.

The fire was dealt with by 7.31pm.

Praising the efforts of the firefighters on Twitter, Henry Griffin, response group manager at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: "When the bells go for a thatch roof fire it's often already spread and results in huge amounts of damage, and a long shift.

"Quick intervention, sound tactics, and hard graft from crews prevented it at this home today.

"Known in the trade as a cracking stop."

Crews from Clare, Wickhambrook, Haverhill, Long Melford, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Ixworth, Sudbury and Beccles attended.

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