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Buildings escape damage after large moorland fire in Lyme Park

A park and historic mansion house were closed after a fierce moorland blaze. More than 40 firefighters from Cheshire and Greater Manchester were called to Lyme Park in Disley, Cheshire.

A park and historic mansion house were closed after a fierce moorland blaze.

More than 40 firefighters from Cheshire and Greater Manchester were called to Lyme Park in Disley, Cheshire.

The fire involved around 10 acres of park grounds and surrounding moorland.

The park is National Trust land and was closed to the public while firefighters fought the blaze.

Lyme Park's Grade I-listed mansion house, where a television production of Pride and Prejudice was filmed, was also closed. The building, which dates back to the 1720s, was not damaged.

A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Firefighters on foot used beaters and water back packs to tackle the flames and work across the park from both sides of the valley.

At one point the fire stretched across a distance of 200 metres.

The area of land which was affected is an enclosure on the moor above Lyme Park known as Cluse Hey.

A spokeswoman for Lyme Park said: "The fire was spotted by one of the rangers at about 4.30pm.

"From our point of view we were concerned but we felt it was handled by the fire service very well and we had every confidence that they would get it under control."

She added that the cause of the fire is unknown, but encourages all walkers to take care when walking in the heath, which had been particularly dry at the time of the fire.

Firefighters were returning to assess the scene this morning after the blaze at 6pm last night.

 

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