House fire breaks out in village near Haverhill

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Dozens of firefighters worked together for a number of hours to control a fire that broke out in a house in Little Thurlow in the early hours of Sunday (January 26).

Two fire crews from Haverhill were first called out to the house in The Street shortly after 3.30am and within minutes of arriving further helped was called for, with other crews attending from Wickhambrook, Linton and Cambridge.

The fire had broken out on the second floor of the three-storey house and four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were using two hose reels to tackle it and also using a thermal imaging camera.

Police were called out to close the road.

At 5.14am firefighters spotted signs of the fire breaking through an adjacent roof void and had to use a thermal imaging camera and a 13.5 mtr ladder to attack the fire from the outside.

In response to a request for more help a crew from Clare (on standby at Haverhill fire station) and a crew from Bury St Edmunds were also mobilised.

At 5.50am the fire was extinguished in the roof void and further investigations were ongoing while hotspots were damped down and roof tiles removed.

At 8am the Salvation Army was requested to attend to supply refreshments for committed crews due to the extended nature of the incident.

The majority of the original appliances were released and replaced with relief crews at 9.40am and they continued dampening down the second floor and working in the roof voids while also salvaging items from the ground floor.

The utilities to the premises had to be isolated and the building control officer from the local authority requested as the structure had become unstable.

All fire crews had left the scene by 1.16pm. An appliance returned on Sunday evening to ensure all was still safe.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.