Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Brockenhurst thatched cottage damaged by fire

Brockenhurst fire
Image caption North Weirs was closed to allow fire crews access to the cottage

More than 90 firefighters were involved in tackling a fire in a thatched cottage in the New Forest.

Crews were called on Monday evening to the property on North Weirs in Brockenhurst, after the fire began in the roof.

The cause is not known but it is thought it might have originated in the chimney.

Fire spokesman Kevin Lloyd-Spencer said the family who lived in the cottage had already got out before crews arrived.

"On this occasion the fire was so intense that the whole roof was involved in the blaze," he said.

"It's a very labour intensive incident we dealt with last night."

Crews from across the forest and Southampton attended and five of them were still there on Tuesday morning damping down.

North Weirs remains closed while they are working at the scene.

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