Fire destroys historic Newland House in Forest of Dean

A historic 17th Century house in the Forest of Dean has been gutted by a fire tackled by about 60 firefighters.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the home in Coleford, Gloucestershire, on Monday evening.

The fire service confirmed Newland House was in the process of being renovated and the fire had "completely gutted" the structure.

A joint investigation has been launched with Gloucestershire Police who are appealing for witnesses.

Dave Pike from the fire service said the blaze had "gone through the roof" of the "large stately home".

He said crews from South Wales were called to assist in tackling the blaze.

"We'll look at every avenue to whether it was arson or not but it's far too early to say," he added.

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