'Love Actually' Scriptwriter Richard Curtis' Seaside Home Destroyed in Fire
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It's reported that nobody's injured when the 18th century seaside home of the 65-year-old scriptwriter and his 60-year-old partner Emma Freud was devastated by fire.

AceShowbiz - Richard Curtis' country house has been devastated by fire. While it was not known if the 65-year-old "Love Actually" scriptwriter or his 60-year-old partner Emma Freud were at the property when the blaze took hold, there were reportedly individuals seen in the house by locals.

The inferno took 14 fire crews to tackle, but no injuries have been reported in connection with it. The fire crews arrived just before 10 P.M. on Sunday, July 10 as the blaze ripped through the first and second floors of the 18th century property in the seaside village of Walberswick, Suffolk.

Firefighters ripped tiles from a section of the roof to dampen hotspots as the fire spread throughout the house, severely damaging its ancient structure.

Curtis has been with Freud more than 30 years but the couple never married and have their main home in Notting Hill, west London. A villager told The Sun about the fire, "There were people at the house, but I don't know whether Richard and Emma were there. We suddenly saw the fire engines arrive just before 10 P.M. There was tons of smoke."

"It was white smoke coming out of the roof and the sides, and crazy out of the chimney. The smoke was looking for a way out," the villager added. "The firefighters went inside with their breathing apparatus and opened all the windows. They had big hoses and were spraying the roof. I assume it was to cool it off. Later they put up hook ladders, and they went up those to take off tiles which made even more smoke come out."

The semi-detached house in Walberswick has been in Freud's family since the 1930s, and is believed to be where Curtis, who is best known for his romantic comedies including "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Bridget Jones's Diary", wrote some of his best known films.

The "Notting Hill" scriptwriter is also known for co-creating the "Comic Relief" charity event with Sir Lenny Henry, which has raised more than £1 billion, and for his TV writing credits on shows including "Blackadder", "Mr Bean" and the "Vicar of Dibley".

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