Fire crews called to blaze in Durley

SMOKE Firefighters tackle the blaze in Durley. Picture: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service
SMOKE Firefighters tackle the blaze in Durley. Picture: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service
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Firefighters have been called to a blaze at a thatched cottage in Durley.

Crews from Bishops Waltham were called at 10.41am today to the blaze on Sciviers Lane at the junction of Durley Hall Lane. The fire is on going with 12 fire engines tackling the flames.

Station manager Kevin Lloyd-Spencer said: ‘The roof to the thatched cottage was well alight. The cottage is nine metres by 22 metres, two floors with a thatched roof.

‘We initially deployed four fire appliances and upon our arrival we called for me due to the size of the fire.

‘Of the vehicles in attendance, including two water carriers, the roof is 100 per cent damage and we are in the process of minimising the damage to the building.

‘There are 94 Hampshire Fire and Rescue members of staff here working to put out this fire.’

He added: ‘Unfortunately with thatched roofs the battle is very hard. Unfortunately it is lost. The damage is too severe.

‘If we can remove the roof we can save part of the house. We will be here all day and possibly tomorrow to make sure there is no chance of it reigniting.’

In a tweet, PCSO Sarah McCulloch of the Bishops Waltham safer neighbourhood team, said: ‘Currently at a road closure Durley with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (in attendance). Local residents will have heard sirens in the area.’

She added: ‘Sciviers Lane in Durley will be closed until further notice. Motorists please be patient.’