Firefighters quickly dowse blaze in barn roof near Langport
Firefighters spent hours tackling a blaze which tore through the roof of a home near Langport.
Owner Sid Cowling tried to tackle the blaze himself before six fire engines arrived at Bridgehorn Barn, Henley, at 8pm on Friday.
Fire crews used breathing apparatus and isolated electricity to the property while they doused the flames.
Marc House, station manager at Yeovil Fire Station, said: “Crews were faced with a developing roof fire which had spread from the chimney flue.
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“We knocked the flames back very quickly and were able to save the vast majority of the roof. We were also able to prevent the fire spreading through the property.”
Mr House said while he understood why Mr Cowling wanted to protect his property the fire service did not advise people to tackle fires themselves.
Mr Cowling’s partner, Kim Cook, thanked the firefighters for coming to the assistance of the remote home so quickly.
She said: “My partner actually tried to tackle the fire but then it got way out of control.
“We are grateful that they managed to stop the fire spreading any further. The damage could have been a lot worse.
“The fire seemed to start in the chimney but we still don’t really know what happened.”
Although the fire was extinguished by 9.50pm, some firefighters remained on the scene until around midnight stripping back the roof tiles to ensure the roof was safe.
Miss Cook said the fire left a large hole in the roof and some of the upstairs was damaged by water, but rebuilding work was already under way.