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Fire-ravaged Clandon Park to be rebuilt 'in some form'

The National Trust has announced that Clandon Park will not be knocked down.

Many feared the building was beyond repair after a huge fire gutted the inside in April.

It's been revealed that the mansion will be rebuilt but details of how it will be restored and what form the building will take, have yet to be be agreed.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

Watch Emma Wilkinson's report:

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Uncertain future for fire ravaged Clandon Park

The National Trust says it is still unsure whether a stately home which caught fire last week will ever be restored.

Most of the rooms of the 18th century Clandon Park building near Guildford have been completely destroyed and the building left an empty shell - however one room has survived. Emma Wilkinson reports.

Investigations into Clandon Park fire ongoing

The full extent of the devastating fire at Clandon Park became clear today - as ITV Meridian was given exclusive access to see the priceless antiques, artwork and furniture saved from the flames.

Fire crews managed to remove 90% of the most precious items from the 18th Century stately home, run by the National Trust, near Guildford in Surrey.

Even so, the Grade One listed building, has been gutted by the fire.

It's believed an electrical fault was to blame, although investigations are still ongoing.

With the latest, Emma Wilkinson.

Fire crews assess the damage at Clandon Park House

Fire crews assess the damage at Clandon Park House Credit: ITV Meridian
Fire crews assess the damage at Clandon Park House Credit: ITV Meridian
Fire crews assess the damage at Clandon Park House Credit: ITV Meridian
One of the artefacts saved at Clandon Park House Credit: ITV Meridian
The interior of one of the rooms at Clandon Park House Credit: ITV Meridian

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Stateley home gutted by fire

Three hundred years of history has gone up in flames - at the historic stateley home, Clandon Park.

The mansion - built in the 1720s and once home to the Onslow family - is now but a shell of its former self.

Fire crews have spent the day damping down and assessing the damage to the national trust owned property, near Guildford. Clandon Park is a Grade one listed building - with gardens. A popular venue for weddings!

The blaze broke out in the basement at just after 4pm yesterday. At its height, between 80 and 90 fire fighters battled the blaze.

They were also desperately trying to get out precious antiques, artwork - and ornaments - before they burned.

Emma Wilkinson reports.

Fire crews from across the south help tackle stately home blaze

“This afternoon at 4.09pm we were called to a fire at Clandon Park, West Clandon, Surrey, a stately home owned and managed by the National Trust. On arrival, firefighters were faced with a significant fire throughout the building which is believed to have started in the basement and quickly spread to the roof. Everyone was evacuated from the building and there are no reports of injuries. Firefighters from Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire are now tackling the blaze as well as seeking to save artefacts from the property as part of a multi-agency response including the National Trust and police. In total, sixteen fire engines, including two aerial ladder platforms, a number of water carriers and specialist appliances have been at the scene. The operation is expected to continue throughout the evening, with fire investigation officers on scene looking to establish the cause.”

– Surrey Fire and Rescue spokesman
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