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"Distressing to see such damage to this beautiful wooden listed building"

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a fire at the Dartington Hall estate which damaged a listed building.

It's unclear whether a barbecue got out of hand or the fire was started deliberately.

The wooden thatched Grade II listed playhouse was built in 1929 by founders the Elmhirsts.

Dartington Hall Trust estate manager John Channon said: "We are shocked by the incident at the playhouse on Wednesday night. 

"Whether it was a barbeque that went wrong or deliberate damage, it is distressing to see such damage to this beautiful wooden thatched Grade II listed building, dating from 1929, and built by our founders the Elmhirsts.

"At a time when the Trust is exploring all options to enable it to keep the grounds and gardens open and free to all, as well as offering a programme of arts and learning, incidents such as this actively work against that we are trying to do.

"If you have any information about this crime, please call the non-emergency police number 101 and quote Crime Reference CR/031139/19"

A second and unrelated fire also took place yesterday in the studio space.

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