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Monday, 5 November 2007, 07:59 GMT
Thatched house goes up in flames

Fire has badly damaged a thatched cottage which had been undergoing renovation in Somerset.

Crews from across the county were called to tackle the blaze at the two-storey property in Whitney Bottom near Horton.

The alarm was raised by a member of the public. The house was not occupied at the time.

The fire was brought under control early on Monday. The cause of the blaze is being investigated.