UPDATE: Classic cars and family home destroyed by fast spreading fire

The aftermath of the house fire near Thorney. Photo: David Lowndes

The aftermath of the house fire near Thorney. Photo: David Lowndes

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A number of classic cars and a family home were completely destroyed by a fast spreading fire last night.

Around 60 firefighters tackled the fire involving a large garage and an adjoining house on Monday (February 8) in The Causeway, Thorney.

A classic car was also burnt out in the blaze

A classic car was also burnt out in the blaze

The alarm was raised at 6.05pm and the first crews in attendance immediately requested further fire engines to attend.

The fire had started in the garage and rapidly spread throughout the large garage and to the house owing to the strong winds and a fuel tank becoming involved in the fire.

The garage contained a number of cars which were all burnt out.

One man was treated by an ambulance crew at the scene for smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital.

The aftermath of the house fire near Thorney. Photo: David Lowndes

The aftermath of the house fire near Thorney. Photo: David Lowndes

Group commander Sean Brown, incident commander, said: “This was a particularly difficult fire to tackle which was exacerbated by strong winds, cylinders in the garage and the need for a large water supply. We used a relay of fire engines to bring water to the scene from a nearby hydrant and the fire was under control by 10pm.

“Sadly the fire has completely destroyed the garage, its contents and the adjoining house.”

The incident was scaled down shortly after 11pm.

Two fire engines remained at the scene overnight with firefighters monitoring the remaining hot spots which crews were unable to access due to the unstable buildings. One crew continues to make inspections.

House fire near A47 at Thorney. Photo: David Lowndes EMN-160802-204220009

House fire near A47 at Thorney. Photo: David Lowndes EMN-160802-204220009

The cause of the fire was accidental.

More on the problems fire crews faced fighting the blaze, including water shortages, hidden hydrants and fuel leaks, here.