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19th November, 2017 - 5.41pm: Salisbury - Two crews from Salisbury have attended a domestic property...Read more

19th November, 2017 - 06.08am: Crew from Devizes attended an electricity pole fire.  Crew stood by an...Read more

19th November, 2017 - 00.38am: Crew from Melksham extinguished a small refuse fire using one hose ree...Read more

19th November, 2017 - 00.56am: Crews from Westbourne & Poole attended a kitchen fire out on arriv...Read more

18th November, 2017 - 10.10pm: Crews from Trowbridge mobilised to a domestic property persons reporte...Read more

18th November, 2017 - 10.03pm: Crews from Poole and Hamworthy extinguished a domestic garage fire inv...Read more

18th November, 2017 - 7.30pm: Crew from Portland attended a large bonfire in the open.  Crew used on...Read more

18th November, 2017 - 7.11pm: Crews from Swindon and Stratton mobilised to reports of a fire alarm a...Read more

18th November, 2017 - 6.43pm: Crew from Springbourne extinguished a skip fire using 1 hose reel jet....Read more

18th November, 2017 - 6.04pm: Crew from Ferndown and Ringwood attended a microwave fire and extingui...Read more

Thatched properties

The counties of Dorset and Wiltshire have thousands of thatched homes – yet these beautiful properties carry a real risk of fire.

Such fires can be difficult to tackle as the thatch is designed to repel water, so the straw has to be stripped away to give firefighters access to the flames.

Research has shown that a major cause of fires in thatched properties is heat transfer from the chimney into the thatch. The thatch then reaches its ignition temperature and a roof fire can develop.

It is important to insulate the chimney flue to prevent the heat from transferring into the thatch layer. This is especially important when a solid fuel or wood burner is installed, as they burn at higher temperatures than conventional open fires.

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