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26th July, 2017 - 10.52pm: Verwood - A crew from Verwood were called to a vehicle on fire followi...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 9.40pm: Shaftesbury - A crew from Shaftesbury attended a small vehicle well al...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 7.02pm: Bournemouth - A crew from Westbourne attended a road traffic collision...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 6.08pm: Bournemouth - A crew from Westbourne attended a small butane propane m...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 3:08pm: 2 crews from Poole went to Limbelost to a RTC car into a hedge with on...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 11:35am: Trowbridge and Bradford on Avon went to a paper recycling bin fire on ...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 07.29am: Crews from Malmesbury and Royal Wootton Bassett extricated one female ...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 7:29am: Malmesbury and Royal Wootton Bassett went to an RTC where a female pas...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 6.52am: Swindon - Shed fire in Cullerne Road, one hose reel used to extinguish...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 4.44am: Wingfield - Fire involving hay in a barn. Two hose reel jets, drags an...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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