"An arson investigation has begun after a fire at a large house on the Ashton Court estate in Bristol.
We were informed of the incident at around 10pm on Friday August 30 by the fire service who were already there responding to the incident. The fire has been extinguished and enquiries are underway to establish the circumstances of the fire.
The immediate area of the fire has been cordoned off and is the subject of a detailed crime scene examination. The fire has caused a significant amount of damage. Anyone who witnessed the fire being started or saw suspicious behaviour in the area should contact the police on 101. "
Investigators say a fire that broke out at Ashton Court Mansion in Bristol at the weekend is suspicious. Crews, called out on Friday night, have been praised by Avon Fire chiefs for their actions in limiting the fire to just two rooms of the Grade 1 listed building.
Avon and Somerset Fire Service says Ashton Court Mansion near Bristol could have been gutted by fire were it not for the quick actions of their fire crew.
They say that the fire, in the ground floor of the North Wing (currently being renovated), was 'aggressive' when they arrived at the scene at 9:30pm last night (Friday 30 August). Crews entered the building quickly and contained it to two rooms. 40-50 firefighters attended at its height.
They do not yet know the cause, but fire and police investigators are on site. Weddings booked at Ashton Court for today and tomorrow will go ahead as planned, as will the Bristol Kite Festival in the grounds. The building is owned by Bristol City Council.