7.10.16 Cosgrove Hall fire: 18th Century country mansion gutted


The fire has gutted a Grade II-listed mansion in Northamptonshire.

The fire services were called to the privately-owned Cosgrove Hall, near Milton Keynes, just before 14:30.

BBC reporter Stuart Ratcliffe, speaking at the scene, said: "Only the stone shell of the building remains. There really is nothing else."

The fire at the 18th Century limestone mansion has been brought under control.

At least six crews from Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire fire services managed to beat back the flames by early evening, but the mansion could not be saved and the privately owned property was gutted.

There were no reports of any injuries, and investigations into the cause of the blaze are ongoing but are still not known at this stage.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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