Sunday, March 1, 2009

Earl forced to flee castle blaze

LONDON — Scottish firefighters say they battled a fire in a 13th century castle for more than five hours before bringing the blaze under control.

The fire forced the Earl of Glasgow and his son from Kelburn Castle in the early hours of Monday. No one was injured.

The castle is located on Scotland's west coast, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of Glasgow. The castle's Web site says Kelburn is believed to be the oldest castle in Scotland continuously inhabited by the same family.

A spokeswoman for the castle says the fire was concentrated in a billiards room. There is now a hole in the roof above the billiards room. There is also water damage to the dining room below. The fire is not believed to be suspicious.

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