Blaxhall: Major fire tears through thatched cottage

ABOUT 50 firefighters were last night fighting to save a pair of cottages in a Suffolk village after a fire broke out in a thatched roof.

Thatch was being removed from the roof of the semi-detached cottages in Langham Road, Blaxhall, near Woodbridge, by firefighters last night in a bid to halt the blaze.

A salvage operation was also underway to save the contents of the first and ground floors of the properties after the blaze broke out shortly after 10.45pm.

The roof of the cottages was completely involved in fire when the first firecrews arrived on the scene.

In all, ten firecrews from Saxmundham, Orford, Aldeburgh, Leiston, Framlingham, Princes Street in Ipswich and Felixstowe were at the scene as well as a command support unit from Woodbridge and a turntable ladder from Colchester Road fire station.

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They discovered the cottage, measuring about six metres by ten metres, well alight on arrival,

A spokesman for the brigade said firefighters were working to salvage property from inside the cottage, while others tackled the flames.

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