More than seventy firefighters have been tackling a fire in a thatched cottage in Longparish this afternoon (1 April).

Control operators received a 999 call just before 2:15pm and quickly mobilised crews to the scene.

On arrival, firefighters discovered an intense fire on the first floor of the property which had spread to the thatched roof. They quickly applied compressed foam and water to help contain the blaze. They also managed to salvage many items from the house.

Officer in charge of the incident Area Manager Jason Avery said: “Our firefighters have been working hard to extinguish the fire in this property. The crews have done a fantastic job in salvaging contents of the house whilst fighting the fire from outside.

“I would also like to thank the local community for their support during this incident, who have helped to relocate the homeowners and the items which have been salvaged from the property.”

Attending crews came from Andover, Whitchurch, Overton, Winchester, Alresford, Basingstoke, Redbridge, Eastleigh and Romsey.

Fire crews will remain on the scene throughout the evening to ensure the fire is fully extinguished and no hot spots remain.

The cause of the incident is not yet known but it is believed to have started in the property and spread to the roof area. An investigation will follow to establish the cause.