Firefighters worked for more than eight hours to extinguish a thatched roof fire at a home in Walkern.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called at about 7.30pm on Friday to reports of a fire in a thatched property in Bassus Green, Walkern.

Incident commander Andy Hall said: "Because of the unique nature and challenges presented when firefighting in thatched houses, seven fire appliances, an aerial ladder platform, an incident support unit, command unit and additional fire officers were all mobilised.


"The first crew and fire appliance on scene were faced with a well-developed fire involving 90 per cent of the thatched roof. Crews worked extremely hard to undertake initial salvage operations, which had to be ceased due to the collapse of part of the roof."

The fire was out by 4am, with no reported injuries. The cause is not thought to be deliberate.