A couple had to fly home from their son’s wedding in Cyprus after their house was destroyed in a fire which is under investigation.
Charlie and Alison Mort’s home in Wigland Hall Lane, Lower Wych, near Malpas, was wrecked by a blaze which is believed to have begun in the early evening on Saturday.
Neighbours were attending a local wedding so the alarm was not raised at the isolated spot until 9.20pm by which time the house was well alight with little the fire service could do to save the property.
It is understood there had been a burglary earlier in the week. It is not known if there is any connection between the two incidents.
George Mort, brother of householder Charlie, said: “They went to their son’s wedding in Cyprus and they were burgled on Tuesday. The fire started Saturday evening and when they got back they had what was in their suitcase. Everything else has gone.
“The house was in such a bad way they had to knock it down.”
He said his brother and sister-in-law were ‘devastated’ after being contacted by a neighbour while abroad.
Mr Mort added: “They have lost everything including the baby’s shoes – they always kept the shoes of their only child – all the photos, everything. My nephew is into motorbikes and they have lost all the mementoes and trophies.”
The couple are believed to be staying at their son Christopher’s home in Tilston while he is still away on honeymoon.
Fire engines from Malpas and Whitchurch attended along with Shropshire’s high volume pump. Two fire crews used two hosereels and a main jet to extinguish the blaze. Police were also called out on the night.
At 7am the next day a fire engine from Crewe remained at the scene to damp down and check for hot spots.
A Cheshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: “The house was extensively damaged but no one was injured and no one was in the house at the time. The cause of the fire is being investigated by Cheshire Fire and Rescue.”
Anyone with information should contact DC Tom Davies on 101 quoting incident number 1125 of August 10, 2013. Alternatively, details can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.