“Thatch fires are notoriously difficult and the crews worked tirelessly throughout the night. My thanks to them for their dedication and for managing to salvage most of the owner’s personal property while the fire was happening.
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“The cause of the fire was accidental. It’s believed to have started when a fire was lit in the hearth.
“Incidents like these show how important it is for chimneys to be swept and inspected.”
Firefighters from Ryde are now the only crew left at the scene and are supervising the removal of equipment and the securing of the property.
Elm Lane has now reopened to traffic.
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