Dorset Firefighters Responded to a Thatch Fire in Purbeck


A house in Purbeck, a district in Dorset, was ravaged by a thatch fire last April 20. Firefighters were called at around 8:40 pm to respond to the fire scene at New Line, Morden.

The thatch fire was responded by firefighters across Dorset who were set to perform different functions at the fire scene. The crews who were sent to the scene include firefighters from Westbourne, Wareham, Redhill Park, Poole, and Swanage. Additional crews include a water carrier from Poole Fire Station, an incident support unit from Poole, and from Westbourne.

The assistance provided by Sandbanks Ferry was indeed very essential in transporting some of the crews from areas in Poole and Bournemouth going to Purbeck area.

The first crew to arrive at the fire scene was from Wareham Fire Station, and when they arrived there, the house’s roof was already heavily burning. As such, additional firefighters were requested at the scene, and they were from fire stations in Sturminster Newton, Springbourne, Blandford, and Wimborne.

A fire break was necessitated in the roof in order for the crews to get the thatch that’s causing the heavy fire. When the thatch was stripped away, the fire was then extinguished. It took a compressed air foam hose, 6 hose reel jets, and two main lines before the fire was declared under control at 10:43 pm.

There was also assistance from the Red Cross who sent their Fire Emergency Support vehicle to give assistance to the affected individuals. The crews were able to recover properties of the occupiers of the house.

Although firefighters have already left the premises, a team will be sent in the morning to conduct a re-inspection in the area.

In a statement from Swanage Fire Station, all the crews worked very coordinated in stripping the thatch from the roof that has helped a lot in controlling further property damage.


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