Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has published a report on the fire that destroyed Clandon Park House near Guildford. The 18th century mansion which housed a collection of furniture, porcelain and textiles, was reduced to a charred shell during the blaze in April.
The investigation into the cause of the fire found that it was accidental and started in an electrical fuse cupboard in the basement of the building. The cause of the fire was a faulty connection in the fuse board which was probably there when the board was first installed in the house. ;
Surrey Fire and Rescue believe that a lack of fire protection to the ceiling of the electrical fuse cupboard allowed the fire to spread quickly to the room above and it then spread throughout the house owing to its historic design. ;
Investigators are beginning work with the National Trust to improve the fire safety of their other buildings. The fire is a stark warning that electrical fires like this can happen anywhere and can be avoided. In commercial buildings the employer is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of both their employees and members of the public on site and to ensure that they are not at risk from their work activities. ;
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