7.3.16 Two thatched cottages destroyed by fire as home owners escape unhurt
The two semi-detached thatched cottages, thought to be at least 100 years old, have been destroyed by fire in Dorset.
Almost 50 fire fighters battled the blaze at East Creech near Wareham which broke out at around 9am. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service was called to the hamlet of East Creech and found a fire affecting the thatched roofs of the pair of semi-detached homes.
At the height of the blaze, nine fire engines were in attendance. The roof shared by the two semi-detached houses, was in danger of collapsing after being engulfed by flames, the fire service said. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was "deep-seated" and continued to burn throughout the day.
A 70-year-old man has been treated by ambulance crews for a chest injury. No other casualties have been reported.
The owners were alerted by a passing driver who saw smoke coming from the roof and they managed to escape unhurt.
Crews were able to salvage many belongings including a stamp collection and a copper bath.
An investigation into the cause is ongoing, but Julian Lockwood from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue says it's believed the fire started accidentally with investigations focusing on the chimney.
Story collated by Liz Turnbull.
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