RESIDENTS and schools in East Lambrook are being advised to keep their windows closed as ten fire engines have been called to battle a fire at a thatched property.  

Firefighters were called at 12.11pm today (March 13) to a residential property in East Lambrook near South Petherton following repeated reports from residents that a thatched property was on fire. 

Multiple fire engines rushed to the incident along with an aerial ladder platform and a water carrier.

Shortly after arriving at the scene, the incident commander requested an increase in resources to a total of 10 pumping appliances, two water carriers, one aerial ladder platform, one incident command unit and a high volume pump.

Crews are currently using main jets and compressed air foam to fight the fire.

Six fire engines remain at the scene and two water units are being sent to the scene. 

Residents in the local area and schools are being advised to keep all windows closed due to a large amount of smoke. 

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said the building's roof has collapsed and firefighters had to abandon attempts to save the owner's belongings. 

"Police and ambulance service are at the scene. The road has been closed and there are currently ten fire crews fighting the fire. 

"Relief crews are also being sent out to help. 

"No one has been injured in the fire.

"Firefighters are still working to put out the fire on the outside of the building."