Five fire engines have been called out to tackle a chimney fire at an historic Northumberland castle.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue received a report of a fire at Chillingham Castle at around 9:44pm last night. The chimney fire, in the Minstrel's Hall, was extinguished and under control by 11:08pm and no damage was caused to the castle.
Chillingham Castle, which is currently home of Sir Humphrey Wakefield, 2nd Baronet, and his family, is closed to the public over winter.
The building became a fully fortified castle in 1344 and is famed for staging historic scenes from the film "Elizabeth" which starred Cate Blanchett.
The A1 is closed in both directions at Alnwick in Northumberland. The Highways Agency says it is due to an accident involving a car and a lorry. The road is closed between the B1340 and the B6341. Diversions are in place.
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