Historic house devastated by blaze

Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Dozens of firefighters are battling a blaze at an 18th century mansion.

The fire is believed to have started in the basement of Clandon House before spreading to the roof.

A total of 16 crews are tackling the flames at the National Trust property in Clandon Park, near Guildford in Surrey.

A spokesman for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said more than 80 firefighters are on the scene after the blaze broke out just after 4pm today.

Witness Steve Porter tweeted: “Large amounts of fire and smoke coming from a major fire at Clandon House.”

Thick black smoke could be seen pouring from the building and the flames appeared to have gutted most of the inside.

Another witness, Chris Nicholson, posted: “The smell of burning and the thick smoke is continuing and we have to close the windows.”

Others reportedly heard loud bangs coming from inside the property.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: “Fire at Clandon House nr Guildford, a number of fire engines from @SurreyFRS on scene. Crews in breathing apparatus tackling fire.”

Three aerial ladders and three water carriers have also been deployed.

Clandon House was built in the 1720s and contains a large collection of 18th century furniture, porcelain and textiles.

It has been managed by the National Trust since 1856 and is a popular venue for weddings.

One woman, named on her Twitter account as Hannah, said: “Poor @ClandonPark hope it’s not too badly damaged. Had the best wedding there last year. It’s the most beautiful venue.”

Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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