Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hundred firefighters tackle Ibthorpe thatch fire

Ibthorpe fire
Image caption The occupants had escaped the property prior to the fire service arriving

About 100 firefighters have tackled a fire in a two-storey thatched house in a Hampshire village.

Eight fire appliances and a water carrier were called to the property in Ibthorpe just after 19:00 GMT on Thursday night.

About half of the roof was destroyed by the blaze. The first and ground floors were completely damaged by smoke and water.

It took firefighters about seven hours to bring the blaze under control.

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