Fire destroys two thatched cottages in Barham

Firefighter at a thatched cottage fire in Barham "Hot spots" had continued to appear inside the cottages, firefighters said

Two thatched cottages in Suffolk have been destroyed by a fire.

The blaze started at 15:35 BST on Monday at the semi-detached homes in Norwich Road, Barham.

Firefighter Steve Morgan said crews had limited access to the cottages due to fears a chimney could collapse.

"It's really upsetting for the owners," he said. "It's a problem with thatched roofs, once they [fires] take hold it's very difficult to get under control."

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Mr Morgan said crews had been tackling "hot spots" which continued to appear within the cottages during the morning.

All crews were stood down at 16:30 on Tuesday.

Aerial unit tackling fire at Barham cottages An aerial unit was used to help combat the fire
Firefighters on the roof of a cottage in Barham Eleven crews tackled the fire in Barham, near Ipswich, on Monday

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