FIREFIGHTERS tackled a thatched cottage blaze in East Coker the early hours of this morning.

Crews from Yeovil, Crewkerne, Chard, Martock, Somerton, Bridgwater, Beaminster and Sherborne battled to contine the fire in the Burton Lane area after being called out at 4.39am.

As well as firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, crews also saved items from the property.

And other members of the crews on four ladders created a fire break and stripped thatch from the roof.

The incident was scaled down after 8am, when a Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Crews are making good progress still at work both internally and externally."