PHOTOS: Fire at busy Torrington pub

13:11 28 March 2014

Fire crews tackle the chimney fire at The Cavalier Inn, in Well Street, Torrington. This picture was submitted to iWitness by ecokestove.

Fire crews tackle the chimney fire at The Cavalier Inn, in Well Street, Torrington. This picture was submitted to iWitness by ecokestove.

Archant

Around 30 people evacuated after chimney catches fire.

Fire crews tackle the chimney fire at The Cavalier Inn, in Well Street, Torrington. This picture was submitted to iWitness by ecokestove.Fire crews tackle the chimney fire at The Cavalier Inn, in Well Street, Torrington. This picture was submitted to iWitness by ecokestove.

A BUSY Torrington pub was evacuated following a chimney fire last night (Thursday).

Around 30 people were led to safety after flames and embers shot from the fireplace and chimney at The Cavalier Inn, in Well Street.

Landlord Justin Matthews said firefighters were alerted shortly before 8pm.

“It was pool night so there were about 30 people in the pub at the time,” said Mr Matthews, who has run the pub for the last eight years.

Fire crews tackle the chimney fire at The Cavalier Inn, in Well Street, Torrington. This picture was submitted to iWitness by ecokestove.Fire crews tackle the chimney fire at The Cavalier Inn, in Well Street, Torrington. This picture was submitted to iWitness by ecokestove.

“There were some people eating in the dining room but luckily they had just finished eating as we began evacuating the pub.”

Fire crews from Torrington and Bideford had to make a hole in the chimney through a loft space to prevent the spread of flames.

They left the scene at around 10.30pm but returned later to check for ‘hotspots’.

Mr Matthews said the blaze had caused ‘extensive’ damage to the chimney but the pub was still open for business as usual.

He thanked staff and customers for their speedy evacuation of the pub.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 12:21
Police have cordoned off the area around Coopers Jewellery after an apparent robbery attempt.

Police warn members of the public to ‘remain viglant’ as they hunt suspect who was believed to be armed.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00
Eric and Joyce Salter with dogs Shanti, Melsa and Boots. Picture: Sarah Howells

In one of the ‘most difficult rescues’, North Devon’s RAF Chivenor Sea King crew saved a couple from peril when a coastal walked turned to disaster...

Read more
Yesterday, 09:53

The A377 is currently blocked after a collision between a lorry and a car.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:49
Fire engine

Braunton crew called out to deal with chimney fire yesterday (Thursday) evening.

Read more
Thu, 16:03
Training with the new £1m launcher for the Shannon class lifeboat in Ilfracombe harbour. Heading down the slipway.

Ilfracombe’s new £1million lifeboat launching carriage has made history by becoming the first ever to launch the new Shannon lifeboat in a UK harbour.

Read more
Thu, 10:02
Petroc University Centre

Find out more about studying for a degree at Petroc in Barnstaple with open event.

Read more
Thu, 08:59
Mark Berry in Putsborough. Picture from www.facebook.com/CALMSWCPchallenge

Mark Berry, 53, is on track to break the current world record for the 630-mile run today (Thursday).

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder