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24th September, 2017 - 04.02am: Crews from Westlea and Swindon attended reports of a freezer fire in a...Read more

24th September, 2017 - 01.57am: Crew from Corsham extinguished a car fire using 2 hose reel jets and 2...Read more

24th September, 2017 - 01.54am: Crews from Swindon attended a kitchen fire in a mid-terraced 2-storey ...Read more

23rd September, 2017 - 10.35pm: Crew from Salisbury extinguished a small fire located off the Wilton R...Read more

23rd September, 2017 - 9.39pm: Crew from Corsham extinguished a small fire involving hedge cuttings u...Read more

23rd September, 2017 - 8.47pm: Crew from Chippenham attended a small fire in the open out on arrival ...Read more

23rd September, 2017 - 7.18pm: Crew from Redhill Park mobilised to reports of a kitchen fire in a dom...Read more

23rd September, 2017 - 5.08pm: Crews from Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Axminster, Bridport, Maiden Newton a...Read more

23rd September, 2017 - 2.09pm: Royal Wootton Bassett- A crew from Westlea attended a small vehicle on...Read more

23rd September, 2017 - 12.07pm : Swindon- A crew from Swindon attended a small fire in the open in Lide...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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