Fifty firefighters from all over the county and beyond were called to the scene of a blaze at a manor house in the Forest of Dean overnight.
At 9.36pm last night (16th April) Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Control received reports from a neighbouring property about a fire at Newland House near Coleford; a 3-storey property approximately 50 metres by 30 metres.
Crews were dispatched from Coleford, Lydney, Cinderford, Cheltenham, Stroud and Monmouth fire stations. Specialist vehicles also attended, including the Aerial Ladder Platform, Bulk Water Carrier and a Damage Control Unit.
On arrival, crews were confronted with a rapidly developing fire, which spread into the roof space and throughout the internal structure of the building.
Fortunately, there were no occupants in the property at the time of the fire.
Group Commander Tally Giampa said: "Fire crews worked throughout the night in difficult fire conditions due to the extensive collapse of internal structures. Firefighters also provided protection to nearby properties being showered with flying embers"
"Fire crews are still at the scene this morning, damping down and assisting Police and Fire Investigators"
Terry Hale, local county councillor, said: "I live locally and witnessed first-hand, how quickly the fire took hold. The fire crews worked tirelessly throughout the night but sadly, the building could not be saved. I would like to thank the crews who responded so quickly and professionally and made sure that the fire did not spread to nearby buildings, including the church."
Issued by: Jayne Bailey, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425226, email@example.com
17th April 2012