VIDEO UPDATE: Firefighters tackle Horsham house blaze

The roof of a Horsham home has been severely damaged after a blaze took hold of it this afternoon (Friday June 7).

Firefighters arrived in Pondtail Road just before 4.30pm.

Pondtail Road fire

Pondtail Road fire

Police cordoned off part of the road for around two hours.

The incident was reported to the fire service by contractors who were working on the roof at the time.

Fire crews had to break in through the front door using a sledge hammer because the occupants were not around at the time.

Watch commander Alistair Green said smoke was issuing from the corners of the roof on arrival.

“The fire had broken through the roof at the rear of the property,” he told the County Times.

A number of hose reels and a jet was used to tackle the flames which were confined to the roof space.

“Crews removed tiles and cut away at the roof to confirm the fire was extinguished,” he continued.

Eight breathing apparatus were used in total.

Firefighters had to bring down the ceiling in two parts of the building.

No one was injured.

The watch commander added that the cause of the fire is under investigation.