1.5.16 Huge fire destroys £1million thatched cottage in Langrish: Neighbour alerted owners their home was burning as they sat down to eat dinner


Thatched cottage was totally gutted in a huge blaze which left one fire fighter needing treatment from paramedics.

As many as 50 fire fighters were drafted in to battle the fire as it raged in Hampshire shortly after 8pm on Sunday 1.5.16.  Crews were called to East Meon Road in Langrish, near Petersfield, shortly after 20.00.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews remained at the scene throughout the night.

An injured fire fighter was treated at the scene after debris was blown into his eyes as he tried to help extinguish the flames

Flames leapt 30ft from the roof and gutted the picturesque four bedroom home.

David and Cheryl Walder, who have lived there for 30 years, were eating dinner at 8pm on Sunday when a passerby knocked at the door and told them the house was on fire.

Around 50 firemen battled the blaze in the village of Langrish, Hampshire. Neighbours said Mr Walder, 62, a technical sales manager and director, went back into the cottage while it was burning to retrieve his laptop.

Mr Walder and his wife, 61, who have two children, were taken to hospital to be checked for carbon monoxide poisoning but were released shortly after.

A day later, three fire engines were still at the scene and the road was closed to the public.  A large number of personal effects had been recovered from the property.

Neighbour Peter Colrick, 53, a crop scientist, said: ‘It was huge, a roaring fire which was horrible to see.  The house is their life and soul, they both loved working on it and the garden.  It’s a real shame.’ 


Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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