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People told to keep doors and windows shut as 13 fire crews tackle Norfolk blaze

PUBLISHED: 15:45 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:41 14 May 2019

The aftermath of the blaze at a thatched cottage in Thonage, near Holt, north Norfolk. Picture: DAVID BALE

The aftermath of the blaze at a thatched cottage in Thonage, near Holt, north Norfolk. Picture: DAVID BALE

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Thirteen fire engines have been called to a fire at a thatched property in north Norfolk.

Crews were called to the blaze at The Street, in Thornage, near Holt, at just after 2pm on Tuesday.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is urging people nearby to close all windows and doors and to avoid the area.

All the roads through the village have been closed.

As well as the 13 fire engines, an aerial ladder platform and water carrier have also been sent to the scene.

Firefighters were called to a fire in a thatched cottage in Thornage. Pic: Sally Court.Firefighters were called to a fire in a thatched cottage in Thornage. Pic: Sally Court.

Eyewitness Sally Court was driving past as the fire started.

She said: "We stopped to see if we could help and my husband phoned 999. The owners were outside training a hose pipe on the roof, they had already called 999 apparently.

"There was a lot of smoke coming through the thatched roof, but we couldn't see any flames."

The aftermath of the blaze at a thatched cottage in Thonage, near Holt, north Norfolk. Picture: DAVID BALEThe aftermath of the blaze at a thatched cottage in Thonage, near Holt, north Norfolk. Picture: DAVID BALE

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