Fire crews were unable to save a thatched cottage that was reduced to a charred ruin by a devastating blaze.

Fire engines from across Hampshire and Dorset converged on Luzborough Lane, between Romsey and North Baddesley, as flames ripped through the building.

The blaze broke out at around 7pm on Friday and resulted in the road being closed for several hours.

A Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "With both floors suffering significant damage, crews tackled the blaze externally due to the risk of a roof collapse.

"Firefighters from Redbridge, Eastleigh, St Mary’s, Hightown, Beaulieu and Winchester were assisted by support vehicles from Andover, Alton, Bordon, and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service."

Hampshire Chronicle: The cottage was destroyedThe cottage was destroyed (Image: Simon Rowley)

Hampshire Chronicle: The aftermath of the fireThe aftermath of the fire (Image: Simon Rowley)

The fire is thought to have started in the kitchen.

"The incident was scaled down overnight with firefighters remaining on the scene to monitor and extinguish hotspots, and flare-ups," said the spokesperson.

"Relief crews from Fareham, Totton, Botley, Sutton Scotney and Basingstoke took over from those teams who were first on the scene.

"Crews continued to inspect the temperature at the property throughout the weekend."