Royal Clarence Hotel fire: Cordons remain as operation continues

PUBLISHED: 15:20 29 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:21 29 October 2016

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The public have been urged to respect the ongoing operation by emergency services concerning the Royal Clarence Hotel fire, and plan their Saturday evenings accordingly.

Devon and Cornwall Police has asked the public to appreciate the scale and severity of the fire which has affected buildings on Exeter’s Cathedral Green and to carefully consider their travel plans by car or public transport to Exeter’s city centre.

There is also disruption to walking routes, and police are asking the public to respect the cordons that have been put in place for their safety and to allow the fire service to work efficiently. The public cannot for the time being enter or get closer to the Cathedral Green.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton said: “The key objective for police is to make sure that members of the public are safe.

“At the same time we need to make sure that Exeter continues to function. We are reviewing the situation regularly to make sure that we are not putting anyone at risk.”

Road closures are in place at the junctions of High Street and South Street, of South Street and the Cathedral Green, on Queen Street at the rear end of Tesco, on North Street at the Iron Bridge end, on Musgrave Road and on Bedford Square at the junction with High Street.

There are further cordons on the cathedral side of Cathedral Green on the approach from Southernhay on the Cathedral Close footpath and also near to the cathedral gardens. Cathedral Green will remain cordoned off and is not accessible to the public while the fire service completes its work.

Police remain in attendance on the cordons and road closures to keep the public safe and allow the fire service to work efficiently.

Police were first alerted by the fire service at 5.20am on Friday to a large fire affecting The Gallery on Cathedral Green.

The Royal Clarence Hotel was evacuated as a precaution, and all staff and residents were accounted for. The fire then spread to the hotel which has been very badly damaged. It is not known at this time how the fire started.

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