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Man arrested in connection with Beaminster mansion fire

Fire crews damp down in the aftermath of the blaze. Credit: @DWFRSCraigBaker

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.


Former owner speaks out over 'tragic' fire

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.

Police cordons surround burnt out manor house

Cordon on one of the gates leading into the grounds of Parnham House. Credit: ITV News West Country

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.



Woman, 91, dies in Bristol house fire

A 91-year-old woman has died in a house fire in Sea Mills. Credit: ITV News

A 91-year-old woman has died after a house fire in Bristol.

Fire crews from Bedminster, Southmead and Avonmouth were called to the fire on Sylvan Way in Sea Mills a little before 8pm last night.

Firefighters were able to rescue the woman from the two-storey property but she was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Credit: ITV News

Body found after police called to fire

Painswick Road, Gloucester. Credit: ITV News

Police investigating a serious incident in Gloucester say a person has been found dead.

Officers were called to Painswick Road just before 8am on March 23, after reports of a fire.

Fire crews also attended the scene. A body was later found at the property.

A woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Both the death and cause of the fire are being treated as unexplained.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time.

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