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Drivers warned of delays following fires

Motorists are being advised of significant disruption around Maidstone town centre this morning following a number of fires.

Kent Police was called at 1.16am to reports that five cars had been set alight in the Buckland Road and Somerfield Road area of the town.

Then at 2.11am it was reported that The Works bookstore in Week Street, Maidstone, was on fire and that it had spread to adjoining properties.

Firefighters from Kent Fire and Rescue Service are currently at the scene of the Week Street fire.

Police enquiries into the incidents, which are being treated as suspicious, are on-going.

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.

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Investigation underway following hotel fire

Crews from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called out at 5am this morning to reports of a fire at a hotel in Eastbourne.

Four fire engines attended the scene at Royal Parade on the seafront where firefighters used breathing apparatus to put-out a small fire in the basement.

Police and ambulance also attended.

A fire investigation is underway.

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

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.

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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

Fire crews battle to save stately home

Crews are still struggling to contain the flames that engulfed the Grade I listed stately home.

A National Trust spokesman said: "We can confirm that a fire has broken out this afternoon at Clandon Park. The building was evacuated and everyone who was in the house is safe. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is working to bring the fire under control and we would like to thank them for their swift response. We are devastated to see this happen and will update you as we know more."

Nearby resident Phoebe Grant said she saw flames "shooting out of the building"

"They've evacuated the whole area, they won't let anyone near Clandon Park," the 18-year-old said.

"There's still smoke and flames coming from the roof. It looks like part of the roof has caved in."

Another local resident, John Covey, told Get Surrey that fire crews are struggling to control the blaze. The trouble is a lack of water," he added. They can't get enough pressure up there. They had it under control but then the water went down and the flames went up again. It's a disaster."

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