A GRADE II-listed thatched house at Clannaborough near Bow was gutted by a ferocious fire at the weekend.

Fire crews were called to the blaze just after 5am on Saturday morning (November 11). They were alerted by the owners and battled for the whole morning to bring the blaze under control. Some crew remained on the site for the remainder of the day.

A total of 12 fire engines attended, including crews from North Tawton, Hatherleigh, Chagford, Middlemoor, Danes Castle, Chulmleigh, Crediton, Okehampton and Witheridge. They used compressed air foam and water jets to stop the fire from spreading.

Reinforcements were sent from as far afield as Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset and Ivybridge.

While crews battled the blaze, their colleagues performed a salvage operation, removing furniture and belongings from the house. No one was injured.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service is still investigating the cause of the blaze, but have confirmed that it was definitely accidental.