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Sixty firefighters battle Thwaite thatched property blaze with warning to 'avoid the immediate area'




About 60 firefighters are battling a blaze at a thatched property in a picturesque Suffolk village.

The fire has engulfed the thatched roof of the two-storey property, in Church Lane, Thwaite.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 7.40am to the blaze and is urging people to 'avoid the immediate area'.

Firefighters are battling a blaze at a thatched property in Thwaite. Pictures: Chris Morris
Firefighters are battling a blaze at a thatched property in Thwaite. Pictures: Chris Morris

Crews from across Suffolk and Norfolk have been fighting the flames.

Sally Hammond, group manager for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said 11 fire engines attended with about 60 firefighters.

She said the usual response for a thatched fire was seven engines and special appliances.

She added the thatch was 'fully involved in fire' and they were removing the rest of the thatch from the property.

UK Power Networks was called as the fire also involved power lines.

On Twitter, a spokesman for the fire service said: "Please avoid the immediate area to allow access for vehicles."

Fire crews expect to be there the rest of the day.

It is understood the owner is being comforted by neighbours.

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