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Firefighters tackle cottage blaze near Watlington
Eight firefighters helped fight a serious house blaze that could have spread to neighbouring houses if it had been left for a few more minutes.
The fire took place at a thatched cottage in Cuxham village, near Watlington at around 6.10pm yesterday.
Smoke was coming from the living room area on the ground floor and eight firefighters were needed to extinguish the serious blaze to stop it spreading to the thatched roof and houses next door.
Seven fire engines from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the house.
Station Manager Bob Speakman said, “This unfortunate incident could have been far worse had the fire taken hold of the thatched roof.
"As it was, the right resources were put in place and quick intervention by crews prevented the spread of fire from the living room area.
“I am convinced that given only a few more minutes left unchecked, the fire would have spread to the roof, causing extensive damage and the threat of spread to other surrounding thatched properties.”
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