Sussex thatched cottage destroyed by overnight blaze after smoke alarm removed for decorating – 020313 1645z

(Photo: WSFRS) Firefighters have been busy overnight tackling a thatched fire at a cottage in Wepham near Arundel… thankfully everyone was safely out of the property!

FIRE crews from across the county have been battling an overnight blaze at a cottage in Wepham for more the 12 hours.

(Photo: WSFRS) Fire crews working to remove the burning thatch from a cottage in Wepham

The fire ignited shortly before 7.25pm last night (Wednesday) at the home in Main Road.

Around 50 officers have been involved in combating the inferno, which is believed to have destroyed much of the house.

A spokeswoman for West Sussex Fire and Rescue hinted that the fire was most likely accidental, but said: Early indications are that the smoke alarm was removed from the property for decorating.

No one was injured during the incident.

Relief crews from service are still on site this morning.

A warning has now been issued for all home owners to check their smoke alarms and ensure they are working.” – Littlehampton Gazette




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