Crews tackle large fire at National Trust house

An 18th century stately home near Guildford in Surrey has been gutted by a huge fire. Clandon Park was home to a large collection of china, antiques and paintings. Many were salvaged by firefighters and are being examined by experts from the National Trust.

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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.

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