Devastation of the house gutted by thatch fire

Daily Echo: Devastation of the house gutted by thatch fire Devastation of the house gutted by thatch fire

THIS is the first look inside a thatched cottage devastated by fire.

More than 90 firefighters tackled the blaze at the property in North Weirs, Brockenhurst, throughout the night.

The property belongs to Nic Cicutti and his wife Tina Campbell, who were inside their beloved home when the fire took hold.

They managed to safely escape with their Jack Russell dog Pickles.

Firefighters battled through the night to save the home but were forced to remove the thatched roof.

The top floor has been left decimated by the blaze, leaving it unrecognisable to its owners.

The charred remains of beds and clothes lie where bedrooms once were, and blackened toiletries and a shower cubicle still stand on the bathroom.

Buckets are scattered around the kitchen to catch leaking water through the ceiling as fire crews used tones to extinguish the blaze.

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As reported, the major fire took hold at around 7.10pm last night and crews battled through the night to contain it.

The last of the crew left the scene at around 7.30am this morning before another team from Brockenhurst returned to continue investigations at around 9.30am.

Mr Cicutti, 54, thanked the emergency crews and neighbours for their help throughout the traumatic ordeal.

He said: “It's a shock but it's a relief it happened when it did.

“It's a shock because you cannot imagine something like that can ever happen to you.

“It happened at about 7pm so we had time to get out and it meant the fire service could be here. Our neighbours were unbelievable and supported us.

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“My first thought was let's see if we can salvage anything but the smoke was acrid.

“In my personal perspective were are overwhelmed by the professionalism and compassion that was being shown to us by the fire service.

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“They managed to save stuff left to us by our parents, furniture, and sentimental items.

“It's desperately sad. She was one of the oldest houses in Brockenhurst. For such a lovely house to be in such a state is awful.”

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Crews from Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst,Lymington, Beaulieu, New Milton, Fordingbridge, Ringwood, Fawley, St. Mary's, Redbridge, Burley, Totton plus further supporting crews attended the incident.

Breathing apparatus, three main jets, three jets, and two hosereels were used.

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