UPDATED: More than fifty firefighters tackling thatched roof blaze at North Lopham cottage

Fire at a cottage in The Street, North Lopham. ANL-150104-181702001
Fire at a cottage in The Street, North Lopham. ANL-150104-181702001

More than 50 firefighters are working to suppress a massive house fire in North Lopham which has been ablaze for almost three hours.

A total of 16 appliances, including aerial platforms, water carriers and support vehicles, and 54 fire fighters are on scene at The Street, where a thatched residence has caught alight.

Fire at a thatched property in The Street, North Lopham.

Fire at a thatched property in The Street, North Lopham.

The first units arrived at around 3.24pm and crews are still attempting to extinguish the flames.

The entire roof of the house has been damaged, and severe damage has been caused to the first floor.

Nobody is believed to have been injured as a result of the fire. The cause behind the blaze is not currently known.

Neighbouring properties have been protected from the blaze by crews.

Paul Seaman, of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, told the Diss Express: “With the thatch, it is now a process of fire fighting and stripping the thatch away and watching for any structural instability.

“We are likely to be here for another three to four hours and we will reduce our attendance, hopefully in the next two hours.

“At the moment we have a fire investigation officer on route. He will start those preliminary investigations but at the moment it is too early to say (what the cause of the fire was).

“The ground floor itself we have managed to stop the fire spreads.

“We have an ambulance officer here. He has done a medical assessment of the occupier, and he has happy he is fine. The ambulance normally stands by when we have this many resources on scene.

“Salvage operations are now completed. We have salvaged as much from the property as we can until it was too dangerous to let our crews in further.”