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Video: Fire destroys thatched roof of Suffolk home

17:13 16 March 2014

The thatch fire at Wissington

Photo: Tony Faulkner, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

The thatch fire at Wissington Photo: Tony Faulkner, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

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Firefighters from stations across Suffolk and north Essex were called to tackle a blaze which started in the thatched roof of a home.

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Firefighters at the scene of a thatched house fire in Whissington.Firefighters at the scene of a thatched house fire in Whissington.

Crews from Sudbury, Woodbridge, Hadleigh, Colchester and Halstead were alerted just before 1pm to a fire in Crawley Road, Wissington, near Nayland.

The first crew arrived at 13.24pm and began to fight the flames using three hoses.

An hour later, back up arrived from Princes Street, Ipswich, and Long Melford stations.

The fire involved two semi-detached properties, measuring a total 21 metres by six metres.

Although the blaze was brought under control just after 3.50pm, firefighters were unable to save the roof from collapsing on both properties.

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