Suffolk: Thatched roof destroyed in house fire, Thurston – 190313 1350z

Suffolk: Thatched roof fire Thurston Make Pumps 10′ Ongoing Incident at publication time 1803132330z

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(Photo: Andrew Burt via Twitter) Thatched roof fire Thurston

(Photo: Andrew Burt via Twitter) Thatched roof fire Thurston

(Photo: Andrew Burt via Twitter) Thatched roof fire Thurston

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
Date: 18/03/13
Time of call: 20:53
Incident type: THATCHED ROOF FIRE MAKE PUMPS 10
Location: Pepper Lane, Thurston

This is an ongoing incident at the above address.

The following fire appliances are currently in attendance:
Needham Market, Stowmarket, Wickhambrook, 3x Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell, Ixworth, Mildenhall, 2x Newmarket.

The following special appliances are currently in attendance:
Multistar from Bury St Edmunds, Control Vehicle from Ixworth, Water Carrier from Newmarket, Operational Support Vehicle from Ipswich East.

There are currently 5 Officers at the incident, plus 2 additional Officers have been sent for fire investigation.

The Salvation Army are attending the incident and assisting the Fire Service by providing refreshments to the crews that are in attendance.

The Combined Fire Control have made the following standby moves to maintain fire cover within Suffolk:
Princes Street to Stowmarket, a further fire appliance from Princes Street to Bury St Edmunds, the Retained at Princes Street are in at their own station, and Soham from Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service to Newmarket

Update 19 Mar 2013 1335z:

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service INCIDENT DETAILS:
Time of call: 20:53

First crew in attendance @ 20:06

Initial attendance: 2x Bury St Edmunds, Ixworth, Elmswell, Stowmarket, and the Multistar from Bury St Edmunds, Control Vehicle from Ixworth, and Water Carrier from Newmarket

Assistance Message @ 21:08 Thatch well alight, Make Pumps 8

Make Pumps 8 attendance: 3rd fire appliance from Bury St Edmunds, Needham Market, 2x Newmarket

Informative @ 21:19 Thatch building approximately 5m x 10m, flames broken through thatch ridged roof, 3x 135 ladders and 2 hose reels in use, Multistar crew setting ground ready for deployment. Breathing apparatus crews donning equipment ready to enter the building, offensive mode.

Assistance Message @ 21:20 Inflatable structure required on Operational Support Unit and Salvation Army required.

Operation Support Unit from Ipswich East then mobilised.

Informative @ 21:27 Four hose reels working on roof of building, salvage in progress, incident sectorised sector 1 to the front, sector 2 to the rear. A number of propane gas bottles from an adjacent building gas bottles not affected by fire.

Assistance Message @ 21:28 Make Pumps 10 for manpower

Make Pumps 10 attendance: Wickhambrook, Mildenhall

Informative @ 22:10 Thatched property consisting of 2 floors, 12m x 15m, 2x 9m ladders, 3x 135 ladders in use, 4 hose reels, 1x 45m jet, 4 breathing apparatus in use externally for comfort wear, safe working at heigh in use, internal salvage completed and withdrawn due to internal collapse at first floor level. Attempts being made at making a break into the roof at the rear extension which is of slate construction, power now isolated.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Informative @ 22:48 Fire break achieved at rear of property which will preserve 30% of the whole structure. Thatch on main house 100% involved in fire, fire now showing at first floor level, efforts being made to strip thatch and fire fighting being maintained, offensive mode.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Debenham, Eye and Long Melford have been sent to the incident to provide relief for three of the crews at 00:30.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Hadleigh have been sent to the incident to provide relief for one of the crews at 01:00.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service STOP received 00:06. No further details. See informatives for further information.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service This incident is now scaling down. The four relief crews and a relief officer are in place alongside the Control Unit. Crews are breaking down the thatch and turning over is in progress.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service The Salvation Army are now leaving the incident. At the peak of this incident Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service had approximately 70 personnel on the scene who The Salvation Army provided refreshments to.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Informative received @ 01:47. The fire appliance from Eye is now the control point and the Control Unit has now left the scene. The incident is remaining sectorised. Crews are attempting to gain access to the first floor to remove fallen thatch. 3x 9m ladders and 3 hose reels are currently in use. Offensive mode.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Informative @ 03:00 crews on first floor removing fallen thatch. 1 room remaining still to clear. 2 relief crews from Sudbury mobilised.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Informative received @ 04:28 Crews continuing thatch removal from first floor, minimal amount of hotsots remain in property, crews in full PPE and dust masks on first floor, offensive mode.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Informative received @ 06:28 Firefighting now ceased in risk area. All crews now withdrawn maintaining watching brief. 1x Haverhill mobilised as relief crew for 07:30. They are now the only fire appliance in attendance at this incident.

Other reports

Firefighters from across the county have been called to tackle a thatched roof fire just outside Bury St Edmunds.

The blaze broke out at an address in Pepper Lane, Thurston, shortly before 9pm.

More than 50 firefighters are at the scene from stations in Needham Market, Stowmarket, Wickhambrook, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell, Ixworth, Mildenhall and Newmarket.

An operational support vehicle from Ipswich East is also in attendance, as well as The Salvation Army, providing refreshments to the crews.

Retained firefighters from other stations across the county have also been put on standby in case the fire worsens. Monday, March 18, 2013
10:40 PM eadt.co.uk

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