Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Historic Fordingbridge cottage destroyed by fire

Crews at the scene of the cottage on fire
Image caption A family lived in the cottage but no-one was hurt

A fire has destroyed a 200-year-old thatched cottage which had to be rebuilt three years ago after a previous blaze.

About 80 firefighters tackled flames coming from the roof of building in Woodgreen, near Fordingbridge, on the edge of Hampshire's New Forest.

Crews were called to property at about 0040 GMT when the fire quickly spread.

The family of four who lived there managed to escape before crews arrived, although no-one was seriously hurt.

An investigation has started into the cause of the fire.

Andy Bowers, of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said the fire had spread quickly.

He said: "Both the roof and first floor of the thatched cottage were well alight when our fire crews first arrived on the scene.

"The incident could potentially have been much worse though, had crews not acted so quickly and efficiently, with adjacent properties being so close."

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