A fire broke out today at the historic mansion house and grade II listed building, Crathorne Hall near Yarm in North Yorkshire.
All of the guests and staff were evacuated safely from the site as the fire which started shortly after 10am this morning, caused serious damage to the east wing of the building.
At the height of the blaze eighteen fire engines and more than 100 fire fighters were at the scene with crews from Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Services and Cleveland Fire Brigade attending to support the North Yorkshire fire service. Two aerial ladder platforms were in use as a water tower, to spray water on to the roof of the building and two water bowsers were also brought in to assist with the task.
Crathorne Hall is a popular wedding venue and it is understood that events were due to be staged there this weekend.
Fire crews are continuing to dampen down the site of the fire with some crews expected to stay overnight to make sure the fire is completely out.
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