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Grade II-listed Wembley cottage damaged in fire survived being hit by a runaway bus 40 years ago

PUBLISHED: 12:42 04 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:02 04 November 2013

Old Park Lodge was involved in a bus accident in September 1973 (Pic credit: Wembley History Society)

Old Park Lodge was involved in a bus accident in September 1973 (Pic credit: Wembley History Society)

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A cottage in Wembley which was severely damaged by a fire on Saturday evening survived being hit by a runaway bus 40 year ago.

Old Park Lodge in Wembley Hill Road (pic credit: Jan Nevill)Old Park Lodge in Wembley Hill Road (pic credit: Jan Nevill)

The roof of Old Park Lodge in Wembley Hill Road, has been destroyed and the building damaged by the blaze which ripped through the building at around 7pm.

A man in his 20s suffered burns while escaping the blaze before fire crews arrived on the scene.

He is in a serious condition in hospital.

The detached property, which dates back to the 1800s, was damaged in 1973 after a runaway bus crashed in to the Grade II-listed building.

Old Park Lodge around 1900 (Pic credit: Wembley History Society)Old Park Lodge around 1900 (Pic credit: Wembley History Society)

According to the Wembley History Society the property’s first owner was a wealthy brandy merchant, and Freeman of the City of London, who spent £14,000 on renovating the building and its grounds between 1811 and 1814.

It is currently up for sale with a guide price of £500,000.

The cause of the blaze is under investigated.


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