Firefighters save rothschild country home
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Firefighters save Rothschild country home
Firefighters stopped a fire causing major damage at the country house of philanthropist and art lover Lord Jacob Rothschild.
His wife, Lady Serena, was at Stowell Park, at Pewsey, near Marlborough, Wiltshire, with her daughter and grandchildren when the fire broke out last night.
It started in an upstairs bedroom and spread to an another room but firefighters put it out before it caused any more damage.
Wiltshire Police said there were no casualties and the cause of the fire was not believed to be suspicious.
Lord Rothschild split from the Rothschild merchant bank in the 1980s and now runs his own investment bank from the basement of his home in St James's, London.
But the 67-year-old is best known playing a major part in the British fine art world.
"It appeared that a fire had started in a first floor bedroom and spread to an adjacent room.
"Fire services from Marlborough and Pewsey were quickly on the scene, their prompt actions preventing the fire from spreading and causing major damage.
"One fire unit remained throughout the night to ensure no further problems."
The spokesman added: "Lady Rothschild, her daughter and grandchildren were all in the residence at the time and were able to remain in the premises after the fire had been put out."
Story filed: 11:06 Sunday 5th October 2003