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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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Man taken to hospital from north Cumbria house fire

A man was taken to hospital after fire ravaged a picturesque thatched cottage.

Buckabank fire photo
The fire is at Buckabank

The casualty was overcome by smoke as he attempted to put out the blaze with a garden hose.

More than 30 firefighters were dispatched to the incident at its height with crews spending several hours putting out the fire at Green Lane, on the outskirts of Dalston.

It is believed builders were working on the property before the fire broke out, at about 10.30am.

The owner of the cottage escaped unhurt but a worker was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, though he was not thought to have been seriously injured.

An eyewitness, who was diverting traffic away from the scene, said: “We were all trying to fight the fire in the thatch but were overcome by smoke.”

The owner, who splits his time between his Cumbrian home and London, said he was too shocked by what had happened to comment.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus climbed ladders to rake out the thatch from the roof in a bid to prevent the fire from spreading. It was an operation made more difficult by the lack of a fire hydrant in the area, which meant water had to be pumped from Durdar.

Police closed the road between Durdar and Dalston while crews dealt with the emergency.

The roof was destroyed by the fire.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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