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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 December 2005, 11:08 GMT
Huge fire engulfs country manor
Woodlands Farm in Bramdean in Hampshire
Flames shooting from the roof of the country manor
Rare and valuable heirlooms had to be rescued from a period country manor house as up to 100 firefighters tackled a major blaze raging inside it.

On Sunday, fire crews were still at the scene of the huge fire at Woodlands Farm in Bramdean in Hampshire, which broke out on Saturday afternoon.

The seriously damaged property is the home of Lord and Lady Northbrook.

At one stage, a swimming pool was used to store water to douse the flames spreading across the building's roof.

Twelve fire engines attended the blaze which began at about 1442 GMT.

Staff and firefighters managed to rescue some of the valuable paintings and antiques in the house, a Hampshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said.

It is not yet known what caused the fire.

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