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Fire At Historic Boleskine House Near Loch Ness

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Firefighters have been battling to save Boleskine House, a historic property near Loch Ness.

The fire service said that a large part of the Highland mansion has already been destroyed and crews are concentrating their efforts on the west wing of the building.

Boleskine House, near Foyers,was the home of occultist Aleister Crowley, the self-proclaimed “wickedest man in the world”, between 1899 and 1933

It was also owned by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page who bought the property in the 1970s because of the Crowley connection, before later selling it.

The BBC reports:

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said a large part of the property has been destroyed.

Boleskine House was owned by infamous occultist Aleister Crowley and later for a time by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

The alarm was raised at 13:40.

Flames from the fire were visible from the other side of the loch.

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A fire appliance from Foyers and another from Inverness were first sent to the scene.

Pumps from Inverness and Beauly along with a water carrier from Inverness, a pump from Dingwall and an incident support unit from Inverness have also been sent.

SFRS said: “A large part of the property has already been destroyed by fire and crews are concentrating their efforts on the west wing of the building.

“Crews in breathing apparatus are using four main jets to tackle the blaze and the incident is ongoing.”

Crowley, who died in 1947, lived at Boleskine House above Loch Ness from 1899 to 1913.

He was infamous in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century for his promotion of the occult.