PICS/VIDEO: Thatched house in Oakley destroyed in blaze as crews remain on scene
A thatched house in Oakley has been destroyed after a fire broke out this morning at the property.
Emergency services were alerted at 11.05am to the blaze at the building in Low Street.
Ten crews from Suffolk and Norfolk, as well as an aerial platform, attended the fire, with a large number of personnel to remain at the scene for the next couple of hours. It is thought more than 50 firefighters were initially called to help tackle the fire.
No out has been hurt in the incident.
A spokesperson for Suffolk Fire and Rescue said when crews arrived at the house, firefighters worked with the homeowner to salvage as much of the furniture and personal belongings from the ground floor.
Group commander John Tiffen told the Diss Express the house was a “total loss” with the gusty conditions contributing to a tricky operation.
The chimney is unstable, the walls are bulging, so the premises unfortunately has been destroyed by fire
“As we got here the fire was pretty well established but over the course of the past two hours the whole of the roof has gone, the gable ends have had to be pushed in because they are unstable,” he said. “The chimney is unstable, the walls are bulging, so the premises unfortunately has been destroyed by fire.
“We are certainly going to be here for most of the day.
“Luckily enough we have not required an ambulance. We have not had anybody injured but obviously the property owners are fairly distressed. The police have been here to manage the traffic and close the road for us.
“Unfortunately it is fairly gusty so that has had a significant impact in pushing it through the property.
“It went so fast that we were unable to rip the thatch off and put a break in.”
It is not currently known what may have caused the blaze, with Mr Tiffen confirming a fire officer would attend to begin an investigation.
Road closures are also currently in place either side of the affected property in Low Street.
Mr Tiffen also praised the work of the fire crews.
“While it is not so nice to see the sheer amount of crews from Norfolk and Suffolk here today, the way they have been working together has been excellent. It has been a really good effort all round by the fire crews.”
The incident was deemed “unter control” at 1.24pm.
The Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson added more information on how to protect thatched properties from fire can be found here.