Parnham House – you are all aware of the devastating fire in the early hours this morning. I was there just after 8am and can assure you that of course our Fire & Rescue Service and Police were working fantastically to put the fire out and investigate how it started. Beaminster Fire Crews were praised for the way they arrived on the scene and established the ground control. I know that everyone wants to understand what happened, up at the Littlewindsor pt-pt races this afternoon and around the villages and town I heard how you all feel a great sadness, which it is. Please let the police know if you saw or heard or might of heard or seen anything odd in the area. At the same time this is a personal tragedy for the family, so please respect that and I am sure all our thoughts are with them at this really hard time, respect their privacy. The local footpaths around Parnham are closed, and this is understandable at this time.