A report has just come in of a fire at the house of Francis Maude the Cabinet Office minister, witnesses said it was like a bomb going of, another stated it looked like an oil refinery ablaze.
Fifty fire appliances have attended the scene which has destroyed a small forest and half the county.
A spokes person for the Fire Brigade said that in a time of shortage and drought it was a major issue whether to use valuable water in the current climatic and political conditions. It was also pointed out that the type of fire could only be caused by the illegal storage of highly flammable material.
A spokes person for the Insurance company said, in view of the fact he had been storing large amounts of petrol in his basement his policy was nul and void.
A large crowd gathered to watch the house burn to a small pile of ashes on which people were seen to be warming pasties.