Fire crews from Hampshire and Dorset battled a fire at Sopley near Christchurch yesterday evening (12 February).
A thatch roof was well alight when they arrived and firefighters tackled an intense fire.
Officer in charge Station Manager Thompson said, “The firefighters did a fantastic job in salvaging most of the contents of the house whilst fighting the fire from outside.
“During the fire the chimney stack had become unstable so it wasn’t safe for our crews to fight the fire from inside. They tackled the fire from outside in a controlled manner.”
Four Hampshire crews from the New Forest area along with three crews from Dorset were in attendance. An aerial ladder platform was also sent to the scene.
The cause of the fire is not yet known and an investigation was started this morning to establish what happened.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters have stressed the importance of having a working smoke alarm within the home. For more information on fire safety please visit http://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/keeping-safe/