SCORES of firefighters from across Hampshire have spent the night battling a blaze involving a thatched cottage.

The blaze broke out eight hours and at one point more than 70 firefighters from 13 stations in the region were fighting the flames.

The roof and first floor of the building have been badly damaged.

Crews from Eastleigh, Portchester, Romsey and Winchester fire stations were among those called to the blaze.

The incident at Langrish, near Petersfield, involves a thatched building beside the A272, which has been closed.

Traffic is expected to be disrupted for several hours.

Hampshire County Council said temporary two-way traffic lights would be deployed at the scene.

It added: "The lights will be put up this morning and will remain until no longerneeded."

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) spokesperson said the incident was ongoing.

Droxford firefighters tweeted: "Back from supporting the large thatch fire in Langrish overnight as part of the multi-pump HFRS response. Time of call 20.53. Home at 03.15 after handing over to relief crews."

No-one is reported to have been injured.