Cholderton House fire: Investigation into cause starts

Firefighter in front of Cholderton House
Image caption Firefighters were still at Cholderton House on Wednesday morning, damping down the fire

An investigation is under way into the cause of a fire which gutted a Grade II-listed manor house in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said much of Cholderton House had collapsed and the site was too dangerous to enter.

Two people escaped uninjured from the privately-owned 17th Century house after the fire stared early on Tuesday.

Building control officers from Wiltshire Council are on site and work is taking place to make it safe.

The fire service spokesman said the ground floor, first floor, second floor and roof had been "virtually completely destroyed".

"An investigation into the cause is under way but because of the limited access to the site it may be some time before a conclusion is reached.

"At the height of the fire 12 appliances were at the scene from both the Wiltshire and Hampshire brigades."

Twenty-two horses, which were stabled at a neighbouring equestrian centre, were led to safety on Tuesday morning.

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