Large fire at a 19th century mansion near Tarporley

Date/Time:
12/01/2020 - 20:26

Address:
Nantwich Road, Tilstone Fearnall, near Tarporley

Attendance:
At the height of the fire 10 fire engines were in attendance - one from Tarporley, one from Nantwich, one from Chester, two from Winsford, two from Crewe, two from Ellesmere Port and one from Northwich - as was an aerial ladder platform from Chester. Relief crews from Congleton, Northwich, Lymm, Malpas, Audlem, Frodsham, Knutsford, Stockton Heath, Penketh (two), Alsager, Powey Lane, Middlewich and Nantwich also attended - as did two specialist vehicles from Powey Lane and a welfare unit from Northwich.

Details

Fire at an 19th century mansion near TarporleyShortly before 8.30pm firefighters were called to reports of a fire at a property on Nantwich Road, Tilstone Fearnall, near Tarporley.

Four crews were initially dispatched to the scene and on arrival they found a large 19th century timber frame mansion well alight.

Upon initial investigations firefighters found that the fire had spread to all three floors of the building.

Due to the scale of the fire an addition six fire engines were dispatched to the scene, along with an aerial ladder platform from Chester.

The building was split into for sectors and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reel jets to tackle the fire from within the building.

Fire at an 19th century mansion near TarporleyCrews also used a number of main jets to fight the fire from outside the mansion.

An aerial ladder platform and a main jet were used to tackle the fire from above.

Firefighters also undertook a salvage operation to help recover furniture where possible.

All gas and electricity to supplies to the building were isolated and the A51 Nantwich Road was closed in both directions while firefighters tackled the fire.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Update at 8.10am on Monday 13 January

Firefighters had worked through the night and brought the fire under control.

There were no longer visible signs of fire. 

The A51 Nantwich Road had reopened but temporary traffic lights were in place.

Fire crews were damping down the mansion to make it safe and checking for hotspots using a thermal imaging camera.

Update at 11am

Crews had stopped damping down the mansion as there were no signs of any hotspots.

Update at 12.20pm

Crews were reviewing the building using an aerial ladder platform.

No hotspots were being found with a thermal imaging camera.

Photo from the aerial applianceFirefighters were removing loose roof timbers and using a 13-and-a-half metre ladder to gain access to the second floor.

Update at 3.15pm

The number of fire engines at the scene had reduced to one.

Firefighters were continuing to monitor the building for hotspots due to the nature of the structure.

Update at 5.30pm

One fire engine remained in attendance.

Firefighters were conducting regular checks for hotspots using a thermal imaging camera.

One lane remained closed on the A51 Nantwich and temporary traffic lights remained in place.

Update at 9.20am on Tuesday 14 January

Regular 360-degree internal and external inspections of the mansion had taken place using a thermal imaging camera.

Three main jets had been on hand for damping down any hotspots.

There were no signs of any hotspots but one fire engine remained in attendance.

Update at 6pm

One fire engine remained in attendance and firefighters continued to check the building for hotspots.

Update at 11.30am on Wednesday 15 January

Firefighters monitored the building overnight, checking it for hotspots at regular intervals.

There were no signs of hotspots within the building but a fire engine remained in attendance and an investigation into the cause of the fire was taking place.

A 13-and-a-half metre ladder was being used to enable the fire investigator to gain access to the top floor of the building.

Update at 5pm on Wednesday 15 January

Firefighters had carried out thorough inspection of the property using a thermal imaging camera and found no hotspots.

Update at 10am on Thursday 16 January

Firefighters remained in attendance checking for hotspots with a thermal imaging camera and investigating the cause of the fire.

Update at 4pm on Thursday 16 January

With the site deemed to be safe, firefighters had handed the incident over to the mansion's owners and left the scene.

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