Firefighters have attended a fire at a cottage in Sheen, in the Staffordshire Moorlands, near Longnor.
The call for the incident was received at 8.37pm last night and four appliances from Longnor, Leek and Ipstones attended. On arrival they were met with a severe fire in a two storey stone built cottage, which had an adjacent barn.
"The building was structurally unstable and so it was not safe to send firefighters into the building."
Keith Stubbs, Group Manager
Group Manager, Keith Stubbs said: "The building was structurally unstable and so it was not safe to send firefighters into the building, instead the fire was tackled externally.
"Crews have used two main jets and the fire was brought under control within an hour. The cottage has suffered severe damage as a result of the incident."
This morning fire investigators are working alongside the police to establish the cause of the fire, although at the moment they are unable to access the building until it has been made safe.
Building Inspectors are currently assessing the situation. One crew from Leek and a control unit for Stone are also at the scene.