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Castle saved by 'quick actions'

Floors Castle
The fire caused little damage thanks to the quick action of staff

Staff at an 18th Century Scottish castle have been praised for saving it from widespread damage in a fire.

The alarm was raised at 0730 BST at Floors Castle near Kelso after the blaze began near a freezer and spread behind lath and plaster walls.

Roxburghe Estates manager Roddy Jackson said the "quick actions" of staff had limited the damage to one room.

It meant the castle - the family home of the Duke of Roxburghe - was able to open to the public as usual.

Four fire crews were sent to tackle the fire and quickly brought it under control.

Mr Jackson said damage had been "mainly superficial".

'Good actions'

"It is very fortunate it has not spread and caused widespread damage and this is due to the quick actions of the staff and the fire crews who attended," he said.

"As a result, the house will be open to the public as normal."

Staff were also praised by William Allison, group manager of Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service.

"The fire was quickly brought under control by local crews," he said.

"This was helped by the good actions of the staff who pointed the firefighters in the right direction."

Floors Castle was designed in 1721 by William Adam and extensively remodelled in the 19th Century when numerous turrets and pinnacles were added.

It is claimed to be the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and attracts about 35,000 visitors a year.

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