Fire at Northumberland castle

Chillingham Castle
Chillingham Castle

Fire crews tackled a blaze at Chillingham Castle, in Northumberland, tonight (Saturday).

Five fire engines attended the scene following a chimney fire in the Minstrel’s Hall, a spokeswoman for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said.

Crews from Berwick, Belford, Seahouses and Alnwick were called to the tourist attraction, after a report of a fire was made at 9.42pm, the Gazette was told.

The spokeswoman said that the fire was extinguished and three appliances – one each from Berwick, Belford and Alnwick – remained on the scene to investigate the floors above. She added that nobody was injured.

The medieval castle is currently the home of Sir Humphry Wakefield, 2nd Baronet, his wife The Hon. Lady Wakefield and their family.

The castle is currently closed to the public for the winter. However, during the closed season, it does welcome groups of 10 or more by special appointment.