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Massive fire breaks out at Cornish manor house

Massive fire breaks out at Cornish manor house

Published by Emma Carton at 3:49pm 21st December 2019. (Updated at 4:09pm 21st December 2019)

Firefighters have spent most of the day battling a huge fire at a manor house in Cornwall.

Flames spread to two floors of the 18th century property at Milltown near Lostwithiel.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the roof of the burning building on Saturday morning.

Crews from the town, Fowey and Bodmin scrambled back-up after several 999 calls.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that police, paramedics, the Environment Agency and Western Power were scrambled.

At one point, the firefighters wearing breathing equipment were pulled back amid fears the building was not safe.

“At 08:53 Critical Control received a 999 call reporting smoke issuing from a large manor house.

“Three appliances were mobilised from Fowey, Lostwithiel and Bodmin Community Fire Stations.

“09:08 Assistance Message: Make Pumps 6 Water Carrier 1.

“09:24 Fire in three-story 18th Century Manor House. 2 Hose Reels, 1 Safety Jet and 1 Covering Jet in use.

“09:59 Assistance Message: Make Pumps 10. All Breathing Apparatus crews withdrawn due to risk to firefighters.

“10:07 Ambulance Incident Commander now on scene.

“10:17 Chief Fire Officer informed.

“10:31 Environment Agency informed and Environmental Risk Assessment being completed. Water being supplied from an open water source, light portable pump in use.

“11:21 Fire in three-story detached manor house. Fire in first floor and second floor roof space. 4 Breathing Apparatus, 5 main jets, 3 light portable pumps, 1 135 ladder and 3 triple extension ladders in use.

”Police, Ambulance, Western Power Distribution and Cornwall Council Emergency Management also in attendance.

“11:44 Assistance Message: Make Pumps 12, Additional personnel required”.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Pirate FM understands no-one was inside the manor but it is not clear how bad the damage is.

Further updates from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will be posted below.

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