Exeter fire: crews feared blaze had spread to High Street

PUBLISHED: 23:12 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 23:12 28 October 2016

The Royal Clarence Hotel earlier this evening

The Royal Clarence Hotel earlier this evening

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The fire service earlier today thought ‘at one point’ the Exeter blaze in Cathedral Yard had spread to the High Street, but it hadn’t.

Earlier today: the arial platforms can be seen as fire crews continue to tackle the blaze in ExeterEarlier today: the arial platforms can be seen as fire crews continue to tackle the blaze in Exeter

Firefighters feared the Exeter blaze had spread from Cathedral Yard to the High Street earlier tonight.

Crews tackling the blaze, which today destroyed the interior of the Royal Clarence Hotel, at one point thought the fire had spread to the Costa building on Exeter’s High Street.

But a fire service spokesperson said crews are continuing to contain the blaze.

The spokesperson said: “At one point there was consideration it had spread to Costa, but it hasn’t.”

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said crews would be working through the night to bring the blaze under control, which started in the early hours of Friday morning in an adjacent gallery to the historic hotel.

Earlier this evening a spokesman for the fire brigade said only the frontage of the Royal Clarence remained. And the interior is so badly damaged, the cause of the blaze remains unknown.

He said: “The interior of the building is gone, and because we haven’t been able to get inside the buildings we cannot ascertain the cause of the fire.”

The spokesman said there was a danger of the fire spreading through the roof spaces of neighbouring buildings.

The fire service said fire crews will remain at the scene throughout the night.

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