Huge fire destroys 16th century thatched cottage in Dorset

Huge blaze destroys £900,000 16th century thatched cottage in Dorset as wellwishers raise £2,000 to help family who were renting property from National Trust

  • Blaze broke out at 16th century thatched cottage in village of Pamphill, Dorset
  • Firefighters said the roof and first floor had been completely destroyed 
  • Family living there had been renting it off National Trust’s Kingston Lacy estate
  • Neighbours have raised almost £2,000 to help the couple and their children

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

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

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

The blaze has sparked an outpouring of support for the ‘devastated’ family of four who had been living there. 

The family had to watch helplessly as the top half of their idyllic, Grade II listed home went up in flames.

It had been let to the couple and their children aged 12 and six by the National Trust-owned Kingston Lacy estate.

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

Neighbours have raised almost £2,000 to help the ‘devastated’ family who were made homeless within a matter of hours

The Dorset & Wiltshire fire service said the roof and first floor had been completely destroyed and the ground floor suffered ‘significant damage’

The timber-framed property dates back to the 16th and 17th century.  

Neighbour Vicky Moore has set up one of the fundraising campaigns to help replace any belongings destroyed in the blaze.

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

‘The community as a whole were just shocked by it.

The Dorset & Wiltshire fire service 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 fire department are investigating’

It had been let to the couple and their children aged 12 and six by the National Trust-owned Kingston Lacy estate

The timber-framed property dates back to the 16th and 17th century

‘I’m part of a PTA at the local school where their son goes and a lot of parents from the school obviously have seen the news on social media and just wanted to do something to help, that’s why I set up the fundraising page.

‘The family were in shock.’

A National Trust spokeswoman said: ‘We are aware of a devastating fire at a tenanted cottage on the Kingston Lacy Estate in Dorset.

‘Fortunately no one was injured in the incident. We are supporting our tenants through this and the fire department are investigating.

Anthony Oliver MBE, former mayor of Wimborne, lives nearby. He said: ‘I saw the roof just caving in, it was very sad to see a lovely home going up in smoke’

‘We would ask anyone to stay away from the area during this time.’

The cause of the blaze is under investigation

About 50 firefighters attended the incident at 2pm on Sunday.

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

‘I saw the roof just caving in, it was very sad to see a lovely home going up in smoke.

‘I spoke to the woman who lived there, she was okay but obviously devastating to see the home destroyed.’

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