The owner of a 16th century stately home in Dorset which was destroyed by fire, has died.
Its owner Michael Treichl was later questioned by police, but denied any wrongdoing.
A family spokesman said Mr Treichl, who was 68, had been suffering from severe depression before he died.
Police are still investigating the cause of the fire.
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Firefighters used jets and high pressure hose reels to extinguish a serious house fire in Twerton, Somerset.
The fire affected the ground and first floor, as well as the roof of the house.
The fire caused extensive damage throughout the property.
People living close to Shaw's Way were advised to close doors and windows as crews from seven fire engines, a turntable ladder and a command unit tackled the serious house fire.
The Service received numerous calls reporting the fire at the two storey, semi-detached house.
A neighbouring property was also affected and suffered heavy smoke logging.
There were no reports of any injuries and all occupants of both houses were accounted for.
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Detectives investigating the fire that wrecked a historic mansion in Dorset have arrested a 68 year-old man. Parnham House in Beaminster was gutted after the blaze broke out at last weekend.
The man who's being held is said to be from the Beaminster area. Police confirmed this morning that the fire had been fully extinguished. The house remains cordoned off while investigators sift the wreckage.
John Makepeace lived at Parnham House for more than three decades and it's where he ran his woodwork design school from.
He says when he called the 80 room property home, precautions were taken to avoid such tragedies.
Furniture designer Mr Makepeace bought the property in 1976 and ran his School for Craftsmen in Wood in the house.
People living close to a historic house which was devastated by fire say its been a tragic weekend for their community.
Fire crews are still working at the site in Beaminster in Dorset more than 24 hours after it broke out as investigations into the cause of the blaze get underway.
Police cordons surround the gates of Parnham House in Dorset following a huge fire which has destroyed part of the property.
The fire that gutted the Grade I listed stately home is being treated as 'suspicious' and police have issued an appeal calling for witnesses to come forward.
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