Brian May thanks firefighters after Surrey forest fire threatens his home


The Queen guitarist said that he had been “rescuing as many precious things from my house as was practicable” at the height of the nearby fire

Firefighters scrambled to contain the blaze on Chobham Common over the weekend and by Sunday they had successfully halted the inferno.

However, Brian detailed in a post on Instagram that when the fire was at its height, he was forced to flee his home near Sunningdale Golf Course.

Next to pictures of himself and Anne Brummer of his Save Me Trust wildlife charity viewing the torched landscape, May wrote that seeing the fire was ‘shocking and traumatic’.

The Queen guitarist detailed in a lengthy Instagram post yesterday (August 10) how he was forced to evacuate his home and studio property after the wildfire broke out and spread through Chobham Common on Friday (August 7).

“I never imagined it could happen here in leafy, and normally damp, Surrey, England,” May wrote in a caption to accompany a series of images showing the aftermath of the wildfire. “We supported the fight against the immense fires in Australia, and watched sadly as fires ravaged California, but to see this happen in my own home county has been shocking and traumatic.

“These pictures show [Save Me Trust’s] Anne Brummer and I this afternoon, surveying the forest fire which is still smouldering less than a mile from my own house and studio, and the fond relics of my entire life.”

Surrey County Council said yesterday that the situation has been stabilised, but fire crews will remain at the scene for the rest of the week in case the fire returns.




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