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Firefighters scale thatched roof to tackle serious blaze

PUBLISHED: 12:05 09 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:28 09 February 2019

Dozens of firefighters are battling a blaze in a thatched roof in Rougham Picture: ARCHANT

Dozens of firefighters are battling a blaze in a thatched roof in Rougham Picture: ARCHANT

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Approximately 55 firefighters are at the scene of a thatched roof fire in Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds.

Firefighters were called shortly before 10am this morning with reports of a major blaze at a property in Nether Street, Rougham.

At least eight crews from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service are currently at the scene Picture: ARCHANTAt least eight crews from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service are currently at the scene Picture: ARCHANT

At least eight crews from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service are currently at the scene, with two specialist vehicles also in attendance – including a multi star from Bury St Edmunds and a water bowser from Newmarket.

Ian Bowell, response commander, confirmed that the roof of the property was well alight Picture: ARCHANTIan Bowell, response commander, confirmed that the roof of the property was well alight Picture: ARCHANT

Ian Bowell, response commander, confirmed that the roof of the property was well alight.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said the extent of the damage is unclear as the incident is ongoing.

There is no indication of any casualties at this time.

Suffolk police have also been called to the scene to assist with traffic management.

A spokeswoman for the force said there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances linked to the blaze.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to avoid the area to allow the crews to work safely.

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