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Earl evacuated from castle blaze

Kelburn Castle
The fire spread from a top floor room into the roof

An earl and his son had to be evacuated from a historic castle in Ayrshire after a fire broke out.

Lord Glasgow and his son David fled 13th Century Kelburn Castle after flames engulfed a top-floor room and spread to the roof at about 0145 GMT.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said no-one injured in the blaze and it was not being treated as suspicious.

About 25 firefighters battled the fire for more than five hours before it was extinguished.

Efforts were made to bring any valuables to safety and covers were placed on objects that could not be moved.

Prompt actions

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: "All the people are out of the house and accounted for safe and well.

"The fire was contained and prevented from spreading any further due to the prompt actions and hard work of the first attending crews."

A castle spokeswoman confirmed Lord Glasgow, the 10th Earl of Glasgow, and his son, who is in his late 20s, fled the castle.

She said there was damage to the roof above the billiard room and there was also thought to be water damage to the dining room.

Kelburn is believed to be the oldest castle in Scotland to have been lived in by the same family since its construction some 800 years ago.

It featured in a BBC Four documentary aired in summer 2007.

In May 2007 the Earl agreed to allow graffiti artists from Brazil to paint street art onto one side of the castle.

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