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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were called at 4.03 pm yesterday (4 January 2009) to a thatch fire in a semi-detached property listed as one of Hampshire historic treasures in High Street, East Meon. On arrival crews from Petersfield, Droxford and Horndean found a well developed fire, believed to have started in the chimney stack and immediately began creating a break in the thatch in order to prevent the fire spreading to the adjoining property.
Group Manager Brian Neat praised both the initial crews in attendance and the local community itself in the handling of this incident stating:
“The combined initial efforts enabled us to preserve the structure of such an important building as well as successfully being able to contain the fire.”
The initial alarm was raised by the owners of the property who were able to evacuate the property in plenty of time and along with their two cats are currently staying with friends. Fortunately the neighbour, an elderly gentleman, was staying with friends and will continue to do so for the time being, until he is able to return to his property, which due to the work carried out by firefighters, has not been damaged
A total of 27 appliances and support vehicles from across the county were involved in the incident including an all night watching brief, with, at one stage, a total of 105 firefighters and support personnel on the scene.
Approximately 45 breathing apparatus were used during the fire to remove the thatch, damp down the property and carry out vital salvage duties. Relief crews will continue to be in attendance to carry out regular checks of hot spots using thermal imaging equipment.
Group Manager Brian Neat also reinforced key messages for owners of thatch properties. These include:
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