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Fire at estate owned by Jimmy Page 'started deliberately'

Boleskin House, owned by the musician until the 80s, went up in flames on Wednesday.

Blaze: The interior was destroyed by the fire.
Blaze: The interior was destroyed by the fire. The Boleskine House Foundation

Police investigating a blaze at a Highland estate once owned by Jimmy Page say early indications show the fire was started deliberately.

Emergency services were called out to Boleskine House, the home of occultist Aleister Crowley, near Foyers on the banks of Loch Ness on Wednesday afternoon.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service extinguished two fires on the property - one in the derelict main house and another in an outbuilding.

The group working to restore the historic property said the interior had been "destroyed" in the blaze.

The Boleskine House Foundation was set up with the aim of returning the home, which was built in the late 18th century, to its former glory.

In a statement on Facebook, the group said: "It is with great sadness that we report that the remainder of the building's interior has now been destroyed, and along with it important historical clues to the features of this important piece of Scottish heritage.

"We would like to thank the firefighters who put their lives at risk to save what is left of the building.

"We can also confirm that this is suspected arson and investigations by the police will be ongoing. Please support us to fund emergency works to protect the structure."

Crowley, a novelist, occultist and mountaineer, bought Boleskine House in 1899.

From the early 1970s until well into the 1980s, the property was owned by Led Zeppelin guitarist Page, who described himself as an "Aleister Crowley enthusiast".

The property was already derelict following a fire in 2015.

Detective inspector Eddie Ross said officers from Police Scotland are working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to establish the full circumstances of the blaze.

He said: "Our inquiries are at an early stage, although our initial assessment is that this fire was started deliberately.

"We would encourage anybody who may have seen any activity around Boleskine House or nearby to come forward as soon as they can.

"It should go without saying that deliberately setting fires is incredibly dangerous as you have limited control over how they may develop."

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