Crews at scene of thatch fire throughout the night

Thu 5 Oct, 2017

Firefighters have been at the scene of a fire involving a thatched property in Wavendon throughout the night.

Crews were called to the incident, in Crow Lane, shortly after 6.30pm on Wednesday. At its peak, more than 40 firefighters and officers attended.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mick Osborne said: “Thankfully there were no injuries to any of the occupants, but despite the valiant efforts of our crews, who worked in extremely challenging conditions long into the night, they were not able to prevent the fire from causing severe damage to the house.

“These fires can be extremely difficult to put out because thatch is very thick and designed to repel water. If you live in a thatched property and want to know how to make it as safe as possible from fire, please contact us at for advice.”

Crews from Broughton, Bletchley, Great Holm, Newport Pagnell, Winslow, Aylesbury and Kempston initially attended, with relief crews attending overnight and in the morning. The incident was gradually scaled down to two fire engines.

At one stage there were 11 fire engines, an Urban Search and Rescue vehicle and a variety of specialist appliances from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and one fire engine from Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service at the scene.

Firefighters used main jets, hose reels, breathing apparatus, a turntable ladder, a water tanker and a Bobcat multi-purpose vehicle.

Fire cover throughout the rest of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes was maintained throughout the incident.

A safety guide for people who live in thatched properties is available here.