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26th May, 2017 - 12.25pm: Swindon- A crew from Swindon attended a small grass fire on St Paul's ...Read more

26th May, 2017 - 11.37am: Purton- A crew from Cricklade attended a property on Station road in P...Read more

26th May, 2017 - 14.31pm: Bournemouth- Crews from Springbourne, Westbourne and Christchurch were...Read more

25th May, 2017 - 11.21pm: Westbourne crew extinguished a large industrial bin fire on pier appro...Read more

25th May, 2017 - 10.05pm: Springbourne crew extinguished one private motor vehicle destroyed by ...Read more

25th May, 2017 - 9.18pm: A crew from Weymouth extinguished a bin fire in Greenhill Gardens usin...Read more

25th May, 2017 - 8.07pm: A crew from Calne attended a Late Fire Call from occupants of a domest...Read more

25th May, 2017 - 7.56pm: Two crews from Salisbury attended a road traffic collision involving t...Read more

25th May, 2017 - 7.13pm: Crew from Stratton attended a small fire out on arrival in Sevenfields...Read more

25th May, 2017 - 2.15pm: Swindon - Swindon and Westlea were mobilised to a three vehicle road t...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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