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10/04/06
Fire at Bleak House
- 40 fire fighters needed to control blaze at Dickens’ old home

Fire at Bleak HouseBleak House. Charles Dickens’ old house in Broadstairs, Kent, suffered severe fire damage last night.

“Officers were faced with tremendous heat, extreme smoke levels and visibility was nil,” said a spokesperson for Kent Fire Services, confirming that 40 fire officers had been needed to fight the blaze.

No-one was in Bleak House at the time of the fire, though a family does live in part of it, but the bedroom in which the fire began was ruined and the snooker room situated below was also badly damaged.

Dickens wrote David Copperfield in the house.



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