Thatch Roof Fires

A fire in a Thatched roof in Suffolk reported on the 27th May 2013 was attended by 14 fire engines and 65 fire fighters!

Thatch fires generally necessitate a large turnout of fire fighters to deal with the two problems of  putting the fire out which may smoulder for hours and involve stripping much of the thatch and also salvaging as much as possible from the building before it is damaged by the fire or water.

Thatch roof fires are notoriously difficult to extinguish as the roofs are designed to repel water and getting at the source of the fire which may be under 2 metres of thatch invariably means letting the fire breathe which only exacerbates the problem.