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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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.
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.
A community farm has been badly damaged after a major fire overnight.
Fire crews were called at midnight to Saltmarsh Drive in Lawrence Weston.
Once they arrived, they found a 25 metre long outbuilding completely alight and spent the next few hours tackling the blaze.
Animals kept in the barn nearby were unharmed.
Investigations are underway to find out how the fire started.
Watch footage of the fire sent in by Lyndsey Brennan:
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the damages. You can see how they are getting on here:
Emergency services are tackling a fire at Guys Marsh Prison in Dorset.
Around twenty firefighters are at the scene.
Police say there are no reports of injuries at this time.
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