• Update 11.45am: The occupants who escaped a fire in the early hours of this morning are believed to be a father and son.
Firefighters remained on the scene this morning, damping down hot spots, but the cause of the fire remains unknown.
Investigations into the cause are due to start soon.
Homes in the surrounding area were left without electricity for some time as power lines outside the front of the fire-hit property were damaged – and the presence of the power lines meant firefighters had to tackle the flames from either side of the house.
• The alarm was raised at around 3.21am this morning (Wednesday) and at the height of the fire there were 35 firefighters, seven appliances, a water carrier and the command and control centre in attendance at the blazing detached property on Washdike Drove, Wigtoft.
The two occupants of the large house escaped unharmed and no-one else is believed to have been hurt in the fire.
A fire service spokesman has said the remoteness of the location hampered firefighters in obtaining enough water to deal with the flames and once the fire reached the roof timbers and eaves it was difficult to save the property which has been devastated, along with the cars and caravans.
A stack of timber and an electricity pylon were also damaged and a farm shed to the rear of the house containing equipment and gas canisters was also in danger but firefighters concentrated efforts on preventing it spreading. Three main jets and two hose reels were used as well as breathing apparatus as steady progress was made to eventually extinguish the fire.
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