THIRTY firefighters were called to tackle a blaze that ripped through a house at Fair Mile cemetery in Henley on Monday.
Half of the roof of the property was destroyed after the fire broke out in a first floor bedroom and flames could be seen shooting out.
Six fire crews from Berkshire and Oxfordshire were called to the scene along with four support vehicles after the alarm was raised at 9.15am.
Crews in breathing apparatus searched the building amid fears that people were trapped inside. In fact, the owner was out.
It took about 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control and the firefighters were still damping down this afternoon. They removed tiles from the roof.
The owner arrived at about 11.45am and talked to members of the emergency services.
Lincoln Ball, station commander for Berkshire, said: ?For us it?s a medium-sized incident but there are significant consequences unfortunately for the people who live here.?
The cause of the fire is being investgated.
Police were directing traffic on Fair Mile, while a lane was closed at the junction to Assendon.
Drivers had to negotiate a fire hose running across the two roads from the hydrant.
Pc Nick Glass said it decided not to close the road due to the disruption that would cause.
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