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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Fire at historic cottage

FIRE destroyed part of a thatched roof at an 18th century building last night.

Firefighters spent four hours tackling the blaze at the A-listed Cruck Cottage at Torthorwald.

They managed to save three quarters of the roof, which was just newly thatched last summer.

And now members of the heritage group that run the historic property face a big clean up and repair bill. Chairman Bill Lawson said: “What a disaster. We are absolutely gutted.”

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