Monday, April 10, 2006

Fire Escape for Bleak House

The fire risk that is commonly associated with Margate found its way over to Broadstairs last night when a fire badly damaged part of Bleak House.

Around 40 fire-fighters tackled a blaze that began in a residential first-floor bedroom but Charles Dickens was away as was the new owner, Thanet jeweller, Richard Hilton and his family and nobody was harmed, as the famous seaside building overlooking Viking Bay, was standing empty at the time.

The Fire service reports that the Charles Dickens Museum was not affected but flames have destroyed one second-floor room and a snooker room on the floor below, was badly damaged when part of the bedroom floor collapsed.

Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield at Bleak House, which was originally called Fort House after the captain of the small coastal fortress which stood in front of it.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Always thought it was an ugly house anyway.

Anonymous said...

I would not be surprised if there will be an insurance claim which included several very expensive "Rolex" watches (home-made or not) which just happened to be in the damaged part of Bleak House for some reason, and of which there is now of course no trace.
Shame to waste a good fire, accidental or not.

Anonymous said...

Thats the first time in the 20 years I've been in Thanet that Bleak House has had a fire. Careless of some-one. Any explaination from Kent Fire & Rescue about its origin?