REVEALED: We can now tell you what caused the Hardwick Mount house fire

An investigation into a fire which ravaged a large house in Buxton has found that it started accidentally.

Emergency services were called to the blaze on Hardwick Mount at about 9.10pm on Tuesday.

Firefighters worked through the night to tackle the flames.

Thankfully, nobody was injured but a number of nearby properties were evacuated with 21 people taken to safety.

Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) have now completed an investigation to establish the cause of the incident.

A DFRS spokesman told the Advertiser this afternoon: “The fire started accidentally and was most likely caused by an electrical fault.”

Firefighters at the scene of a blaze in Hardwick Mount, Buxton.

Firefighters at the scene of a blaze in Hardwick Mount, Buxton.

The spokesman previously said: “Four fire engines and two aerial platforms were sent to the scene.

“At the height of the incident, 30 firefighters from Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge, Bakewell and Chesterfield were in attendance.

“The property was well-alight when we arrived.

“Nobody was in the house at the time and we believe nobody had been living there for some time.”

The scene earlier this morning.

The scene earlier this morning.

At the scene on Wednesday morning, a DFRS station manager said: “Both floors of the building were gutted and the fire even went through the roof so aerial ladder platforms and breathing apparatus were used to assist the crews.

“Luckily no one was hurt and the police evacuated the nearby flats.”

He added: “Putting out a fire is not a two minute job and sometimes they do take hours but the public’s safety is our number one priority.”

High Peak borough councillor Tony Kemp added: “Members of staff from the emergency planning teams at High Peak Borough and Derbyshire County councils assisted the emergency services, primarily in connection with the evacuation of 21 people from their homes, while the situation was brought under control.

“The house is badly damaged and structural surveys are being carried out.”

Hardwick Mount was closed for a number of hours.