Witchford fire: Wood burner blamed for thatch blaze

Damaged cottage in Witchford
Image caption The thatch covered an area of 98ft by 49ft (30m by 15m)

A wood burner has been found to be the cause of a blaze that threatened a row of thatched cottages in Cambridgeshire.

More than 40 firefighters were called to the blaze in Main Street, Witchford, near Ely, at 21:00 BST on Saturday.

It took 11 crews, from Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, more than two hours to extinguish the flames in the roof of the property in a row of three.

An investigation revealed a fault with the wood burner's flue was to blame for the accident. Nobody was injured.

Bruce Parcell, of Cambridgeshire Fire Service, said: "The fire was noticed by the occupiers while in the back garden.

"They immediately called the fire service which enabled the fire to be contained to the thatched roof area."

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