Fire at Lone Tree in Thornborough being treated as suspicious

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Forty firefighters dealt with a fire today, Wednesday, at the thatched outbuilding next to The Lone Tree pub in Thornborough, which has been closed since the main building was damaged in a fire in 2007.

Crews from Buckingham, Winslow and Milton Keynes were called to the incident, just off the A421, shortly after 2.30pm, along with a number of special appliances from Waddesdon and Aylesbury.

Fire at The Lone Tree, Thornborough.'130710M-C493

Fire at The Lone Tree, Thornborough.'130710M-C493

The roof has partially collapsed and firefighters had to remove the thatch in order to put out the fire.

Station manager Jeremy Williams, the incident commander, said: “It is an arduous process, which has to be carried out meticulously and carefully.

“A thatched roof is designed to repel water, and the thatch expands to about six times its original volume when removed.”

Crews have been using jets and hose reels to extinguish the fire and a Bobcat utility vehicle to clear the thatch away from the building.

Many of the crews remained at the scene for about five hours before handing over to a relief crew from Broughton at 8pm.

A number of road closures were put in place in the area during the early stages of the fire. Thames Valley Police and Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service are currently treating the cause as suspicious.