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Historic house damaged by fire

The aftermath of the fire at Monks House on the B1340 between Seahouses and Bamburgh.

The aftermath of the fire at Monks House on the B1340 between Seahouses and Bamburgh.

The owner of a property damaged by a house fire on the north Northumberland coast at the weekend has praised the actions of the fire crews.

Just after 5pm on Saturday, emergency services were called to the blaze at Monks House, on the B1340 between Seahouses and Bamburgh.

The fire started in one property and spread via a roof void to the property next door.

Seven appliances were called to the scene. This number was required for water-relay purposes and, as the fire was in the roof void, it was difficult to access.

There were people inside the property when the fire started, but thanks to the fire service’s ‘fantastic’ job, no one was injured.

“It could have been a lot worse,” said John Sanderson, a businessman who owns the property where the fire started.

“It is very distressing though,” he added. “The properties are very much cared for and are very special properties.”

Mr Sanderson, whose STR Enterprises owns the Victoria Hotel in Bamburgh among others in the North East, said that they think it was an electrical fault that caused the blaze, although investigation is ongoing.

“The fire brigade were called and did an excellent job and limited the damage as much as possible,” he said.

“The structure is intact, but it’s roof damage and fire damage that’s the problem.

“These are historic properties and they are very special properties and it will be restored back to the way it was.

“Already a temporary roof is going on to allow the work to be done.”

Monks House was originally one house, named for its former owners, the monks from Lindisfarne Priory, that has been split into six smaller properties.

 

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