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. "
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.
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.
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.
A fire broke out in the North Wing of Ashton Court Mansion near Bristol overnight. The International Kite Festival, due to take place in the grounds today and tomorrow, will go ahead as planned.
More details to follow.
Ashton Court near Bristol plays host to a two-day disc golf tournament this weekend. Also known as Frisbee golf, the aim is to hit a metal basket. Competitors use a variety of discs depending on distance and the type of shot required.
The contest marks the middle of the British Disc Golf Association tour, while the venue is a recently-completed 18-hole course in the woods next to Balloon Field. The event's been organised by the Bristol Aces Disc Golf Club. More details here .
Today is the last chance to give your views on the future of Ashton Court Mansion on the edge of Bristol.
Public consultation is starting on the future of Ashton Court Mansion. Owners Bristol City Council are looking for innovative ideas to help secure the future of the dilapidated Grade One listed house. It's currently used as a venue for weddings, conference and other events.
It's one of Bristol's best-loved landmarks, but it needs millions of pounds for essential repairs. Large parts of Ashton Court mansion, on the southern edge of the city, are disused and virtually derelict.
Now the city council has commissioned a survey to find out what should happen to it - which could even include converting part of it into upmarket apartments.