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Sad news from our cottage I have just watched Hickling Hall go up in
flames! Despite numerous fire appliances attending from what we
could see in the dark there will be just the shell left in the morning!
We only hope Bernard and his daughter are OK!

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Thats sad news indeed, I hope everyone got out ok.

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The EDP have covered it here.

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Sadly in the cool light of day we can see there is very little left of The Hall itself although they did manage to save the small cottage attached to one corner. I provided Alex Dunlop from BBC Look East with a picture postcard of The Hall posted in 1911. When after showing the devastation on the program this evening he showed this image of how it was, we could have cried! That really brought home just what we have lost!!!  The only blessing is that nobody was hurt! Bernard and his daughter got out OK but with only the clothes they stood up in!.........Alan.

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The building was still smouldering when we drove past about 3pm yesterday on our way to walk the dogs at Sea Palling.

The LookEast report setting the as-it-waa photo against the ruins was very effective. It is sad for all of us to lose a beautiful historic building.

My heart goes out to those who lost everything except their lives.

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Glad to hear the owner and family are safe. Terrible of course to lose such a beautiful building and for them, their home, but there is no greater loss than life itself.  

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I gather from the EDP that the immediate cause of the Hickling Hall fire was a chimney fire. We had a chimney fire in March in the flue above our wood burner. It happened a week after we had swept the chimney.

Chimney fires can have disastrous consequences. The law changed early this century and solid fuel flues are now subject to Building Regulations. After our experience I can see the sense in that. We have had wood burners in previous houses and in this one for 25 years. The tar that builds up in the flue will burn fiercely if it catches and the fire can spread to the rest of the structure of the house. The fire brigade told me after the fire that it is not uncommon for chimney fires to occur after sweeping if dust is left in the flue. That can catch quickly and then ignite the tar which builds up above a wood burner.

It is important to have a safely constructed flue, burn the right fuel and sweep the chimney properly (i.e. professionally). It was a revelation to us to see a cctv view of the inside of our flue after the fire.

We were fortunate. Reepham Fire Brigade spent four hours extinguishing the fire and damping down so professionally that little long term damage was caused. Our insurers accepted the claim and things were restored mainly at their expense.

The photograph shows the fire brigade using a ladder and hose to put water down the chimney to extinguish and quench the fire.

Phil

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A horrible loss for both the owners and the village.
Friends of ours in the north lost a large hall to a chimney fire last year. Everything went.
They were absolutely devastated to see 30 years of renovation work, mostly done by themselves, go up in smoke. Not to mention all their belongings. They told me the worst thing was the loss of all their photos, both hard copies and those on their gadgets.
A timely reminder for all of us to get our chimneys swept. I have three that have not been done for a couple of years  Blush .

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Our southern propery dates back to yeomanry with an oak frame. It's origin being a hall. When the first floor was formed about three hundred years ago there were no joist hangers in the modern sense and they let some into the chimneys. Following survey we have had them trimmed at considerable expense. This is apparently not uncommon in old buildings and the cause of serious fires as they burn between the ceiling and floors before breaking out.

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Hi

Does anyone know what happened to the house after the fire? Is it being restored to original form or has it gone? Such a loss

Thankyou

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