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FIRES IN THATCHED BUILDINGS

Burgoynes was established in 1968 and its 60 investigators currently investigate around 3000 fires a year, mainly for insurers, both in the UK and abroad.  Of these fires, currently about 15 a year are in thatched buildings and whilst thatch fires represent a small proportion of building fires as a whole, the losses are disproportionately high.  This is because thatched properties are generally of higher than average value and are frequently listed structures, leading to high repair costs.  In addition, fires in thatch are difficult to extinguish and tend to be in remote locations, with inadequate water supplies, leading to increased damage.