A two alarm Surrey fire has left the former home of a famous 20th century magician in ashes.
Leon “Mandrake” the Magician’s career began in New Westminster in the 1920s, taking him around the globe on stage and television.
His signature outfit, a black top hat and cape, is believed by many to be the inspiration for the ’30’s era comic strip Mandrake the Magician.
He died in in a Surrey hospital in 1993, and as recently as last year his house on Grosvenor Road and Kindersley Drive was being reviewed for heritage status.
That house has now been virtually destroyed. Battalion Chief Richard Ellis with Surrey Fire says flames that broke out around nine this morning have left little.
“It’s pretty extensive. I think the house is pretty much a tear down now. It’s pretty fully gutted.”
Ellis says everyone inside the house escaped unharmed, warned by a functioning smoke detector. But he says by the time crews arrived the structure was fully engulfed.
“It was going very well when the first crews got there, which is kind of surprising during the day, usually during the day you get people that call in but this one got going very well before we got the call on it.”
The cause of the fire is now under investigation.