Dorset

Fire wrecks thatched cottages in East Creech

East Creech Image copyright Dorset Fire and Rescue
Image caption The fire service said the roof was in danger of collapse

Fire has ripped through two thatched cottages in a remote part of Dorset.

The roof shared by the two semi-detached houses in East Creech, south of Wareham, was in danger of collapsing after being engulfed by flames, the fire service said.

A 70-year-old man has been treated by ambulance crews for a chest injury. No other casualties have been reported.

Dorset Fire and Rescue said the fire was "deep-seated" and continued to burn throughout the day.

The fire was "quite well advanced" before crews were alerted at about 09:00 GMT.

They were expected to remain there into the evening.

The cause will be investigated but it is not thought to be suspicious, the fire service said.

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