Fire at Ashton Court Mansion

A fire broke out at Ashton Court Mansion near Bristol last night (Friday 30 August). It was contained in the ground floor of the North Wing, currently being renovated. The cause is not yet known.

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Ashton Court Mansion fire suspected to be arson

Ashton Court Mansion fire is being treated as arson. Credit: ITV News West Country

Avon & Somerset Police statement:

"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. "

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Two rooms damaged by mansion fire

Bristol's Ashton Court Mansion could have been gutted by a fire there last night, according to the fire service. They say the flames were 'aggressive' when crews arrived at 9:30pm.

But they contained the fire to two rooms on the ground floor of the building, which is Grade 1 listed.

They don't yet know the cause, but police are investigating.

Ashton Court 'could have been gutted' by last night's fire

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.

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