FIREFIGHTERS remain at the scene of a thatched fire this morning after battling it overnight.

Ten fire crews from across the county were sent to the fire at a thatched-built cottage in Charlton.

Crews arrived to find the cottage's roof well alight at around 9.45pm on Sunday night.

Firefighters from Evesham, Pershore, Broadway, Upton upon Severn, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Pebworth and Wyre Forest, along with the Incident Command Unit from Droitwich attended.

Five further crews, from Redditch, Droitwich, Bromyard, Ledbury and Malvern also provided further help arriving at 02.29am.

A total of 70 breathing apparatus wearing firefighters used four hose reel jets to tackle the fire as well as three compressed air foam jets - and three 9 metre ladders, one 13.5 ladder and an aerial ladder platform were used to reach the roof.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service's Group Commander Phill Sanders tweeted about the fire overnight, advising people to stay clear.

And Robert Allen, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service's Area Commander, also tweeted about the fire adding firefighters cut away the thatch as part of their efforts to extinguish the fire.

A spokesman from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue said: "The fire was in a traditional, timber-built thatched cottage with the roof well alight.

"The electricity supply was isolated by Western Power and the gas supply was isolated by fire service personnel.

"Police also attended and there were no casualties.

"As at 08.31am, three fire engines remained at the property with damping down taking place."

A tweet from fire control in the last half hour adds: "Crews will remain in attendance for some considerable time."