Jun 4 2010 By James Cracknell
The fire on 3 June, at 9.50pm, damaged about five per cent of each of the ground and first floors of Highgrove House in Eastcote Road.
The Grade II Listed property, one of the original three manor houses in the area and the last to still be standing, is currently undergoing amajor refurbishment for conversion into 12 flats. Six fire engines and about 30 firefighters tackled Thursday night's blaze.
An 18-year-old man and 16-year-old boy have been released on bail by police pending further inquiries.
Another fire that started just half-an-hour previously at the Haste Hill garden nursery in Fore Street is not believed to be linked. Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze, thought to be started by embers from a bonfire.
A number of sheds there were badly damaged, but Haste Hill owner Giles Hayward said no stock was lost. "We still have our really good quality bedding plants," he told the Gazette.
Anyone with further information on the Highgrove House fire are asked to call the criminal investigation department on 020 8246 1587 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.