Horror fire rips through Victorian manor – huge plumes of smoke as firefighters struggle

More than 75 firefighters from four counties tackled the blaze, which claimed much of the £4million Nonsuch House in Westbrook. The house went up in flames shortly before 7pm last night. The ten-bedroom property was given Grade II listed status in 1962, and is located off the A3102 between Melksham, Wiltshire, and the A342 Devizes Road.

The fire engulfed the house for many hours before it could be stopped, with most firefighters having to fight it long into the night.

Fire crews from across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset were deployed.

Wiltshire999s report that all occupants are accounted for and unharmed.

Following the 999 calls about the fire and an initial assessment by the first fire crew on scene, 19 fire appliances – including an aerial ladder platform – were deployed.

Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) said: “At 6.59pm this evening our Service Control Centre received the first of multiple 999 calls to report a property fire in Westbrook near Bromham.

”Initially crews were dispatched to the incident from Calne and Melksham.

“Firefighters quickly requested support and we currently have 15 fire engines, three water carriers and an aerial ladder platform at this incident (approx. 75 firefighters).

“Crews are dealing with a significant fire in a large property.

“The A3102 has been closed and will remain closed overnight while we deal with this incident.

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The destruction comes the night before Storm Eunice, which today is ripping through the country with 100mph winds.

The Met Office has issued rare “red” weather alerts in south Wales and southwest England, and in London and the southeast, meaning the storm likely poses a threat to life.

The storm has torn open the roof of the O2 arena in London, and major delays are predicted for transport services across the country.

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