These dramatic photos show the battle that firefighters have faced for much of the afternoon as they dealt with a blaze at a thatched property in Edlesborough.
Crews were called just before midday today (Friday) to the two-storey house in High Street which has suffered severe damage to its roof.
Two appliances and crews from Aylesbury, one from Bletchley, one from Leighton Buzzard, one from Luton, one from Dunstable, one from Toddington, one from Hemel Hempstead, one from Maidenhead and four officers have been attending.
Firefighters have been using four main jets, four sets of breathing apparatus, a turntable ladder and PPV (positive pressure ventilation) fans.
A spokesman for Bucks Fire and Rescue said: “The initial attending appliances were at the scene for about four hours, and two relief crews continued with the damping down process until about 7pm respectively.
“A crew from Aylesbury carried out a reinspection at 9.30pm and remained at the scene for 30 minutes.
“These fires can be extremely difficult to put out because thatch is very thick and designed to repel water.”
A safety guide for people who live in thatched properties is available here http://bucksfire.gov.uk/files/5214/5527/8459/thatched-property-safety-guide.compressed.pdf