Massive fire at historic Beaminster house

Photo by Craig Baker from the scene this morning

TWENTY fire crews were called to a massive blaze at historic mansion Parnham House in Beaminster in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Emergency services were called just after 4am to what they described as “an extensive fire”.

Police have said that all occupants were accounted for.

The cause of the fire is not known, but police are investigating.

Parnham House dates back to the 16th century.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service area manager Craig Baker tweeted photos from the fire this morning, and said: “At the scene of a major fire in Beaminster, 20 pumps, ALP [aerial ladder platform], water carrier.”

The service is yet to make a formal statement.

Anyone who may have made observations in the area at the time is asked to call police on 101.

Chief Reporter | Started his working life on a farm before becoming a screen printer, both in Sweden. Had another career change and turned to journalism in the mid1990s. Enjoyed an internship with Alexandria Gazette Packet, Va, USA, before moving to the UK. Got a job with The Clarion in Yeovil in 1998, but moved to Axminster in 2006 and has worked on the East Devon beat since.