Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Thatched cottage fire

Harts Lane, Ardleigh
20/01/2019 @ 16:50
Incident Number: 93710
In attendance: 2 x Colchester, 1 x Clacton, 1 x Wivenhoe, 1 x Coggeshall, 1 x Weeley, 1 x Manningtree, 1 x Halstead (water bowser), 1 x Frinton (incident command unit)

Crews were called to a 400-year-old cottage in Harts Lane, Ardleigh, after reports of a fire in the roof. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the thatch roof was 100% alight. 

At 6pm Station Manager Martyn Hare said:

"Crews are working hard to control and tackle the fire by removing the thatch from the roof. 

"We also have crews inside the building, salvaging historical contents and protecting the property from further damage. 

"Often thatch fires can take a lot of man-power to tackle and our firefighters are doing a brilliant job in difficult conditions. 

"We anticipate the fire will take some time to completely extinguish and so we expect to be at the incident throughout the night."

At 9pm crews reported that they were making steady progress in removing the thatch and tackling the fire in sections.

At 11.30pm the incident commander advised that around 90% of the thatch had been removed. Crews were continuing to dampen down the material and the surrounding area.

The fire was out completely by 6.30am. At 10am, two fire crews remained at the scene to monitor conditions.

Following an investigation the most probable cause of the fire is accidental. 



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