Huge fire destroys 16th century thatched cottage in Dorset


Huge fire destroys £ 900,000 thatched 16th-century cottage in Dorset, as wannabes raise £ 2,000 to help family renting National Trust property

  • A fire broke out in a 16th century thatched cottage in the village of Pamphill, Dorset
  • Firefighters said the roof and first floor were completely destroyed
  • The family living there had rented it on the Kingston Lacy estate from the National Trust
  • Neighbors raised nearly £ 2,000 to help the couple and their children

A historic thatched cottage was completely destroyed after a fire broke out and engulfed the property in flames.

More than 60 firefighters have been called in to tackle the blaze inside the £ 900,000 chalet in the village of Pamphill, near Wimborne, Dorset.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Services said the roof and first floor had been completely destroyed and the ground floor suffered ‘significant damage’.

The fire sparked a wave of support for the “devastated” family of four who lived there.

The family must have watched helplessly as the top half of their idyllic, Grade II listed home burst into flames.

It had been rented to the couple and their children aged 12 and 6 by the Kingston Lacy Estate, owned by the National Trust.

More than 60 firefighters have been called in to tackle the blaze inside the £ 900,000 chalet in the village of Pamphill, near Wimborne, Dorset

Neighbors raised nearly £ 2,000 to help the 'devastated' family who were left homeless within hours

Neighbors raised nearly £ 2,000 to help the ‘devastated’ family who were left homeless within hours

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Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Services said the roof and first floor had been completely destroyed and the ground floor suffered ‘significant damage’

The half-timbered property dates from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Today almost £ 2,000 has been raised to help the family who were left homeless within hours.

Neighbor Vicky Moore set up one of the fundraising campaigns to help replace all property destroyed in the fire.

She said: ‘I live in Pamphill not far from where the chalet is. I know the family and it is devastating.

“The community as a whole was shocked.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Services said the roof and first floor had been completely destroyed and the ground floor suffered 'significant damage'

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Services said the roof and first floor had been completely destroyed and the ground floor suffered ‘significant damage’

A National Trust spokesperson said: 'Fortunately no one was injured in the incident.  We are supporting our tenants through this and the firefighters are investigating '

A National Trust spokesperson said: ‘Fortunately no one was injured in the incident. We are supporting our tenants through this and the firefighters are investigating ‘

It had been rented to the couple and their children aged 12 and 6 by the Kingston Lacy estate owned by the National Trust.

It had been rented to the couple and their children aged 12 and 6 by the Kingston Lacy estate owned by the National Trust.

The half-timbered property dates from the 16th and 17th centuries

The half-timbered property dates from the 16th and 17th centuries

“ I am part of a PTA at the local school where their son is attending and many parents at the school obviously saw the news on social media and just wanted to do something to help, which is why I created the fundraising page.

“The family was in shock.

A National Trust spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of a devastating fire at a rental cottage on the Kingston Lacy estate in Dorset.

“Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. We are supporting our tenants in all of this and the fire department is investigating.

Anthony Oliver MBE, former mayor of Wimborne, lives nearby.  He said: 'I saw the roof collapse, it was very sad to see a beautiful house go up in smoke'

Anthony Oliver MBE, former mayor of Wimborne, lives nearby. He said: ‘I saw the roof collapse, it was very sad to see a beautiful house go up in smoke’

“We ask anyone to stay away from the area during this time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation

About fifty firefighters attended the incident Sunday at 2 p.m.

Anthony Oliver MBE, former mayor of Wimborne, lives nearby. He said: ‘I kept seeing fire trucks driving past the house and curiosity got the better of me.

“ I saw the roof collapse, it was very sad to see a beautiful house go up in smoke.

‘I spoke to the woman who lived there, she was fine but obviously devastating to see the house destroyed. ”

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