Ashton Court Mansion 'saved from being gutted by fire'

Ashton Court Mansion The fire at Ashton Court Mansion was contained to just two rooms of the building, the fire service said

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Firefighters pulled off a "tremendous save" to prevent a mansion house being completely gutted by fire, the service has said.

Crews from across Bristol were called to a blaze in Ashton Court Mansion's northern wing at about 21:00 on Friday.

Matt Hunt, group manager at Avon Fire and Rescue Service, praised crews for acting "quickly and aggressively" to prevent the building from burning down.

The blaze was contained to two rooms, one of which was the billiard room.

"Without a doubt because of the speed and skill of the firefighters, Ashton Court Mansion was saved from being gutted completely by fire," Mr Hunt said.

Forensic investigators

At its height, 40 to 50 crew members tackled the fire overnight and into the early hours of Saturday.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and forensic investigators remain at the scene.

A Bristol City Council spokesman said the "quick and effective" actions of the firefighters had undoubtedly saved the mansion house from considerable damage.

"We understand that the fire was limited to two rooms in areas which are not currently open to the public, and Ashton Court has been able to operate as normal over the weekend," the statement continued.

"We cannot speculate about the cause of the fire as we await the outcome of investigations at the site."

Ashton Court is a mansion house and estate in North Somerset, to the west of the city of Bristol. It is owned by the City of Bristol.

It is used for a variety of activities and events, including the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta and the Bristol International Kite Festival.

The 26th Bristol International Kite Festival got underway at the Ashton Court Estate as planned this weekend.

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