Dramatic drone footage shows the aftermath of a fire that ripped through a £1.3million country mansion leaving the owners devastated after their home of 35 years went up in flames.
Fire ripped through the roof of a large house in Curdridge, near Southampton, Hampshire.
The owners managed to escape unscathed as more than 60 firefighters battled the blaze, managing to get it under control.
However, photos now show the extent of the destruction with an investigation underway to try to uncover the cause of the fire.
Hampshire Fire Service told MailOnline this morning the blaze is not thought be suspicious, but ‘at this stage it remains undetermined’.
The house sits on rural Curdridge Lane, where recent house sales have ranged between £600,000 and £1.3m.
The home – Curdridge Court – is understood to be owned by an elderly couple in their 80s. It burned down just days before the husband’s 82nd birthday.
The aftermath of the house fire in Curdridge – the roof is completely destroyed
Fire ripped through the roof of the large house in Curdridge, near Southampton
More than 60 firefighters worked into the night to stop the fire on February 11
The owners managed to escape unscathed as more than 60 firefighters battled the blaze
An investigation is now under way to try to uncover the cause of the fire
More than 60 firefighters worked into the night to stop the fire on February 11.
Fortunately there were no casualties, with all occupants having safely evacuated.
After the fire, neighbour Phil Sommereux, a retired dentist, 64, who lives opposite, said: ‘We were watching a film when my wife stood up and said she could see flames and we realised it was a house on fire.
Dramatic images show the fire on the night it tore through the mansion
‘I went over there to see if I could help. We didn’t know if anyone was trapped. I called the fire brigade on my way over. Luckily everybody was out and the fire brigade was there.
‘It was pretty dramatic. It’s certainly very upsetting for the owners who have been there for about 35 years.
‘The fire had ripped through the roof. It was completely unexpected. We obviously feel very sorry for the owners.
‘It was quite spectacular. I expect there will be a lot of support for them.’
A statement by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Fourteen fire engines were in attendance at the height of incident, along with the aerial ladder, specialist water carrier and environmental protection vehicles.
‘Crews from Botley, Bishop’s Waltham, Hightown, Fareham, Eastleigh, Wickham, St Mary’s, Droxford, Cosham and Hamble were involved in the initial stages of the blaze.
‘The electric and gas supplies to the property were isolated by engineers, as firefighters used hose reels and jets to extinguish the flames.
This is the aftermath of the devastating fire . Luckily the occupants managed to escape
‘USAR officers provided advice due to the property’s unstable structure following fire damage.
‘The fire was surrounded shortly after midnight, when relief crews from Basingstoke, Alton, Hayling Island, Grayshott, Gosport, Rushmoor, Lymington and Horndean took over from the firefighters who were first on the scene.
‘It was confirmed the roof had been destroyed and the ground-floor had suffered significant water damage following the stop message, which came in shortly after 9am.
‘Teams from Overton, Fordingbridge, New Milton, Redbridge, Liphook, Hardley and Winchester attended the following morning to continue damping down hotspots.’
The footage emerged as this morning a three-story pub in Fareham was destroyed in a separate incident after a fire ripped through the historic Victorian building.
Roughly 50 firefighters have worked through the morning to tackle the blaze at The Osborne View on Hill Head Road after an alarm was raised just before 2.30am.
No guests were staying in the hotel and all staff have now been evacuated from the establishment. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said 10 fire engines and two water carriers were at work to put out the fire.
The Osborne View pub is engulfed in flames earlier this morning after a fire broke out
The managing director of the pub said ‘thankfully all team onsite were evacuated before coming to any harm’
Matt Kearsey, Managing Director at Hall & Woodhouse, which runs the pub, said: ‘A serious fire broke out at the Osborne View Hotel in Fareham in the early hours of this morning (Thursday February 22).
‘Thankfully, all team onsite evacuated before coming to any harm. The wellbeing of all those affected is our primary concern and we will be providing support and reassurance to all those who require it.
‘Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were quickly in attendance and are helping to bring the fire under control. I would like to pass on my deepest gratitude to the emergency crews for their swift action and bravery.
‘We will be supporting the emergency services fully in any forthcoming investigation into the cause of the fire.’