A fire officer has blamed the lack of sprinklers in a stately home in Leamington for the severity of the blaze which needed 50 firefighters to bring under control.
Gary Phillips, Deputy chief fire officer at Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire started on the first floor and spread to the roof.
He added that voids in the roof structure, created when converting the Blackdown Hall building into flats, made the fire a difficult and complex one to deal with.
Many of the residences contained within the building have been affected and we have had to cut away a lot of the internal structures to ensure the fire has not travelled further.
It is distressing for residents and I do feel for people who have invested in the property and now won't be able to return to normality for some time.
I continue to be dismayed that government, planners and developers do not see the benefit of fire sprinkler systems which if installed in the flats would have prevented significant damage and turmoil for the residents.
I have spoken many times of the benefit of sprinklers in residential properties and I sincerely hope that during the repairs the building owner considers their installation so this does not happen again.
– Gary Phillips, Deputy chief fire officer, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service