Wordsworth's former home in Grasmere damaged by fire

Allan Bank after the fire
Image caption The fire badly damaged a wing of the property

A property once lived in by the poet William Wordsworth has been damaged by fire.

It broke out in the roof and first floor of Allan Bank in Grasmere, in the early hours. At its height, five appliances were at the scene.

Tenants of the National Trust property, which is not open to the public, escaped uninjured.

The trust said that it would be assessing the damage as soon as it was safe to do so.

Allan Bank was built in the early 1800s, and Wordsworth and his family lived there between 1808 and 1811.

Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the founder members of the National Trust, lived there until his death in 1920, and bequeathed it to the trust.

The trust said in a statement: "There was a fire at Allen Bank in Grasmere last night and we are pleased to report none of the tenants were injured.

"We are helping them with regard temporary re-housing, this may be with relatives or other arrangements.

"We do not yet know the cause of the fire and, of course, will await the fire officers' reports in due course.

"We are, of course, concerned about any fire in a historic building and will be assessing the damage as soon as we are assured it is safe to do so."

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