Investigation into Garboldisham blaze suspended

Investigations into a devastating blaze at a south Norfolk thatched cottage last night have been suspended.

A spokesman for the Norfolk fire service said the damaged 15th century building, in Garboldisham, near Diss, has been deemed as unsafe to enter.

External exmainations of the damage have been taking place, but is likely that no investigation of the historic property's interior will be undertaken until after the weekend, he added.

As yet no cause has been identified for the fire.

Two fire appliances were still at the scene this morning damping down hotspots. At one point 14 fire crews had attended the blaze, in The Street, following a call to the emergency services just before 6pm.

The owners - Pauline and Rodney Hinton - had managed to escape unhurt along with their two pet dogs and some of their most treasured possessions.

The flames also engulfed a thatched cottage next door and the whole village was cordoned-off by police.

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A spokesman for Norfolk Police said The Street was reopened at about 1.15pm today, while the cordon around the thatched cottages and its neighbouring properties was lifted at 2pm.