Poxwell thatched cottages fire: Man taken to hospital

Image source, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service
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The fire started in the kitchen of one of the semi-detached cottages

A man has been taken to hospital after a fire engulfed a pair of semi-detached thatched cottages in Dorset.

About 65 firefighters were sent to the blaze, which started in a kitchen in Poxwell, at 18:43 BST on Thursday.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said the flames were brought under control by 23:00.

A fire service spokeswoman confirmed that an elderly man was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

Image source, Portland Fire Station
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About 65 firefighters from across Dorset were sent to the scene

The A353 between Warmwell roundabout and Osmington Mills were shut while firefighters tackled the fire but have since reopened.

A cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed.

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