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Wantage thatched barn destroyed by fire

Fire at thatched barn in Wantage
Image caption The fire service said intense radiant heat meant it was "impossible to walk down the road"

An "intense" fire has ripped through a thatched barn in Oxfordshire.

A total of 10 fire engines were sent to the single-storey property, which is used as an office, in Denchworth, Wantage, in the early hours.

Flames had taken hold of the thatched roof and were jumping to nearby trees and bushes, the fire service said.

Crews managed to get the blaze under control and protect neighbouring properties but the barn was destroyed. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Group manager David Heycock, incident commander, said: "Our crews have worked really hard to protect surrounding properties whilst fighting the main fire.

"The fire was so intense, that at times it was impossible to walk down the road past the fire due to the radiant heat.

"The spread of the fire was so quick that we were unable to prevent the loss of the building."

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