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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.

Disc golf tournament at Ashton Court

Competitors must target a metal basket Credit: Martin Frederiksen

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 .

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Last day to have your say on future of Ashton Court

Bristol's Ashton Court mansion is in need of restoration Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Today is the last chance to give your views on the future of Ashton Court Mansion on the edge of Bristol.

Bristol City Council is looking for ideas to attract new investment into the Grade One listed building. It dates back 400 years and is in need of restoration. A month-long public consultation closes today.

Have your say here.

Millions are needed for repairs - so what's the future for Ashton Court mansion?

The south facing side of Bristol's Ashton Court mansion Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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.

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