Published: April 2, 2013
Firefighters from Burnham join crews tackling thatched cottage blaze

Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea were among 12 crews who tackled a big blaze at a thatched cottage on Easter Monday.

The Granary Barn, in Thorney, near Langport, went up in flames, destroying the thatched roof and timbers of the home.

Owner Ian Allen, his wife Deborah and daughter Molly, aged 13, managed to escaped unhurt.

Marc House, incident commander with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The initial report came in at 12.07pm. Crews found on arrival the roof fully involved with fire, fanned by strong wind and smoke going over the road."

Twelve fire engines and support vehicles attended the emergency. Ten firefighters with breathing tanks managed to salvage possessions.

Fire crews from across Somerset were called to aid the Yeovil and Martock crews, with engines from Crewkerne, Street, Bridgwater, Taunton, Wiveliscombe, Castle Cary, Burnham and an aerial ladder from Yeovil arriving.

It took until after 3pm to quell the fire, which also caused disruption on nearby roads.

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