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Update: Thatched home left in ruins by fire

PUBLISHED: 16:27 08 October 2011 | UPDATED: 12:36 09 October 2011

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze in Bedingfield

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze in Bedingfield

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A THATCHED property in a Suffolk village has been severely damaged in a serious house fire.

Around 60 firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk tackled the fire in The Street, Bedingfield, near Eye, which broke out at around 2.30pm today.

Ten crews, along with a turntable ladder and command support vehicle, attended the scene - but the fire was already heavily developed at the time of arrival.

There were also fears at one stage that the fire could spread to a second dwelling and neighbouring outbuildings, but crews managed to prevent this.

Karl Rolfe, incident commander for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “What we have is a lovely 16th Century two-storey thatch. We unfortunately arrived to find it fully involved in fire but managed to protect surrounding properties and any substantial damage to the structure was prevented.

“The fire was very well established right along the roof when we arrived and crews were racing against time.”

It is believed the occupants were inside the property at the time the blaze broke out.

Fire investigators will now try to work out what caused it, but stress there were no suspicious circumstances.

Crews and support for the incidents came from Debenham, Stradbroke, Framlingham, Needham, Stowmarket, Harleston, Diss, Eye, Ipswich, Bury and Woodbridge.

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