A stately home in the Surrey countryside was turned into a fiery inferno today.
A total of 16 fire crews battled the flames at Clandon Park House, an 18th Century building run by the National Trust.
The blaze, which is thought to have started in the buildings basement, broke out just after 4pm today.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they had managed to evacuated everyone from the building, and no injuries were reported.
A huge plume of black smoke could be seen coming from the building, and as night fell the flames continued to gut the stately home.
Witness Chris Nicholson posted to Twitter: ‘The smell of burning and the thick smoke is continuing and we have to close the windows.’
Others reportedly heard loud bangs coming from inside the property.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service tweeted said in a statement: ‘Firefighters from Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire are now tackling the blaze as well as seeking to save artefacts from the property as part of a multi-agency response including the National Trust and police.
‘The operation is expected to continue throughout the evening, with fire investigation officers on scene looking to establish the cause.’
Clandon House was built in the 1720s and contains a large collection of 18th century furniture, porcelain and textiles.
It has been managed by the National Trust since 1856 and is a popular venue for weddings.