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Warning to Properties with Thatch in Dorset

Wareham thatch fire

7:35am 20th March 2014

Thatched roof properties pose a greater fire risk, the more they are built up.

That's according to Dorset Fire and Rescue station manager Stuart Jeneson, who was speaking following Monday night's blaze above the Kings Arms in Wareham, which lost 20% of its thatched roof following a chimney fire which spread.

He says hot ash and embers coming out of the chimney don't have far to travel before making contact with high thatches, posing a significant danger to properties.

Station Manager Jeneson said it's important to use the next few months to make sure your chimneys are as clear as possible to minimise risk;

"If you're burning fuels, such as fuel that are high in resin, the resin will build up inside the chimney. Heat from it and a subsequent fire below can set light to the resin inside the chimney that breaks off with hot gases, blows up through the chimney out the top and sits on top of the roof."

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