Fire rips through a thatched property near Romsey.

fire rips through a thatched property near romsey

Sixty  firefighters this lunchtime are battling to save a grade 2 listed thatch, after a fire broke out at the property, on Lower Street, Braishfield near Romsey.

Ten fire appliances from across the county have been called to tackle the blaze, that broke out just after 12.20pm today.

Fire crews from St Mary’s, Romsey, Hythe, Beaulieu, Portchester,Eastleigh,Winchester  and Basingstoke have been called to tackle the blaze. A water carrier from Andover has also been called in as the water pressure is an issue with the remote area.

Police have closed off Roads on Lower Street  to assist firefighters and enable them  to safely  tackle the blaze.

Firefighters are using high-pressure hose reel jets, breathing apparatus and foam to tackle the blaze.

Crews are also using Three 135 ladders to remove thatch that is alight on the building.  Three covering jets are also in uses at the incident.

It is understood that Compressed Air Foam System also is being used to help to stop the spread of the blaze that has spread from an outhouse to the main property that is valued at approx Million Pounds.  The Owner who spoke at the scene said that he was out at the time and has no idea how the fire started.But was very upset.

Area Manager Tony Beacon from Hampshire Fire and Rescue service said :”””

“We have 10 engines on the scene and  approx 80 firefighters and support staff the incident. Thankfully no one was in the property and therefore no one has been hurt.

“Our firefighters have worked extremely hard and we have  managed to saved the property  Due to the great intervention  and fire fighting of crews  75% of the property remains undamaged by  the fire.  The cause of the fire  is under investigation.  Mr Beacon said that relief crew had been brought in and are likey to remain at the scene overnight  damping down hotpots.