Exeter blaze under control: crews have ‘contained’ fire

PUBLISHED: 21:06 29 October 2016 | UPDATED: 21:15 29 October 2016

Exeter's Royal Clarence Hotel, destroyed by fire. Picture by D&C Police Drones

Exeter's Royal Clarence Hotel, destroyed by fire. Picture by D&C Police Drones

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The blaze which ripped through the Royal Clarence Hotel is under control; fire crews have ‘contained’ the fire and are monitoring the site overnight to prevent any new outbreaks

Photo by D&C Police DronesPhoto by D&C Police Drones

The Exeter Royal Clarence Hotel fire has been contained as firefighters remain onsite overnight at Cathedral Yard, monitoring the site to prevent any further outbreaks.

This evening the fire service discontinued the wearing of breathing apparatus by crews, which suggests the fire has been controlled.

Crews will remain at the Cathedral Yard overnight, dampening down the smouldering site and watching for any new outbreaks or pockets of fire.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Breathing apparatus has been discontinued and they are monitoring the site. That suggests it has been contained.

Exeter's Royal Clarence Hotel, destroyed by fire. Photo by D&C Police DronesExeter's Royal Clarence Hotel, destroyed by fire. Photo by D&C Police Drones

“They are watching now to make sure it doesn’t break.”

Earlier today parts of the historic frontage of the Royal Clarence Hotel, the oldest hotel in Britain, collapsed.

See https://twitter.com/dc_policedrones for more photos of the wreckage.

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