Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

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

15:25
Bideford clean up. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Second community ‘spruce up’ day is hailed a great success

Read more
The new tourism and lifestyle building at Petroc.

A festival of learning at Petroc will highlight part-time courses and give people a chance to see the new building before it opens in September.

Read more
12:13

Police appeal for witnesses after teenager was assaulted twice in a week

Read more
11:52
The high altitude balloon is launched at Caen School as pupils and staff look on. Picture: Contributed

A balloon launch has given pupils at Caen School in Braunton the chance to view the earth from 100,000 feet.

Read more
09:00
Pecocks will be opening at Atlantic Village next week.

A brand new national clothing store is opening in Bideford this week.

Read more
Torrington Pool.

The day full of free events aims to encourage people of all ages to stay fit and active with taster sessions.

Read more
09:00
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

The 47-year-old admitted what he said was ‘terrible’ and has cut back on his drinking ‘drastically’ since incident.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00
Scott receiving his award from former mayor Phil Pester. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Scott Craner was nominated for the award by former mayor Councillor Phil Pester.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:30
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

Torrington man pleaded guilty to drink driving as well as failing to provide a specimin in two separate incidents, court hears.

Read more
Friday, June 24, 2016
The North Devon Link Road.

Expect disruption from Monday to Wednesday as surfacing work is carried out

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

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
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

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

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications