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Stately home gutted by fire could be rebuilt

A well-known stately home in Dorset, which was utterly destroyed by fire in April, could be rebuilt.

Parnham House in Dorset engulfed by flames. Credit: @DWFRSCraigBaker

Parnham House in Beaminster went up in flames earlier this year following what police and investigators deemed a 'suspicious fire'.

The Grade I listed house suffered a significant amount of damage.

Now a planning application has been submitted by Parnham House's owners to begin repairs at the historic property.

The proposal details having to demolish an existing cupboard and installing a temporary steel spiral staircase, to provide access to fire damaged parts of the house.

The building was rendered completely unsafe for in April could be rebuilt. Credit: @DWFRSCraigBaker

Owner Michael Treichl was questioned by police about the fire and released pending investigation on April 20.

Mr Treichl then died in June after suffering from depression, according to a statement released on behalf of his family.

The aftermath of the blaze. Credit: ITV West Country

The application has been submitted by Bristol architect and historic building specialist consultant Purcell on behalf of the Treichl family.

Anyone wishing to comment on the planning application has until Friday 25 August to get in touch with West Dorset District Council.

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