FIREFIGHTERS tackled a blaze that threatened to engulf a historic farmhouse near Alresford last night.

Some 50 firefighters crews worked throughout the night to save North End Farmhouse in Cheriton.

Daily Echo:

It is understood that two people were inside the house but were able to escape uninjured.

The fire service was alerted by a 999 call just after 9pm last night, reporting the roof was well alight on the property on North End Lane.

The first firefighters on the scene discovered the fire had spread from the roof into the first floor of the T-shaped two-storey house.

Jets and hose reels were used to tackle the blaze, along with the aerial ladder platform, and crews managed to salvage much of the house's contents.

The roof and first floor were left badly damaged by fire, while around half the ground floor was also damaged by water. The stop message was received just after 4.30am.

Daily Echo:

Almost 50 firefighters from Winchester, Alresford, Bishop's Waltham, Eastleigh, Sutton Scotney, Droxford and Basingstoke were needed to fight the flames.

The cause of the blaze will be investigated today but is not thought to be suspicious.