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Fire destroys pub and houses

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Fire destroys pub and houses

A fire has destroyed four residential homes and The Tradesman's Arms, Stokenham.

A Kingsbridge Police spokesperson said: “Other than minor smoke inhalation, there were no significant injuries.”

UPDATE Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service at 6.04pm: Fire crews are still on scene doing investigations, but fire is thought to have originated in the kitchen of the pub, before engulfing the thatched roof of the property and three adjoining terraced thatched cottages. 

The owners of the Tradesman's Arms have said they're "currently trying to come to terms with what has happened" and are trying to contact any upcoming bookings. 

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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service had 12 fire engines on scene and are currently still there, to dampen down and investigate the cause of the fire.

It is thought that the fire began in the pub, possibly in the kitchens, and moved over to the residential properties, but the cause is still being investigated. 

The main A379 is was closed over night but was open this morning, with warnings to "be aware of personnel operating in the area".

There have already been offers of help for those affected from members of the community, if anyone knows more about this or if you are one of the residents affected, please get in touch and let us know how people can help you out at this tragic time. 

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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Teams were called in from Torquay, Paignton, Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, Newton Abbot, Salcombe, Totnes, Danes Castle, Crediton, Honiton, Crownhill, Greenbank, Plymstock, Ivybridge, Kingston and Modbury. 



Main Photo: credit Kingsbridge Police



Fire destroys pub and houses
Fire destroys pub and houses
Fire destroys pub and houses

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Stokenham Conservation Area Fire
A message of thanks needs to be given to residents of Grenville Close to the rear of the Tradesmans Arms as they assisted in raising the alarm along with the landlord Kath from the pub. In particular Craig and Ella with Phil knocked on every door of the row whilst the pub was ablaze. They woke up the sleeping residents of the the thatch cottages and ensured everyone was out of their homes. This happened at least 20 minutes before the first tender arrived on the scene. It took two hours for the fire to pass through each property, which sadly could not be prevented as the strong winds and relatively mild evening hampered the efforts of the retained and full time fire service.
Our thoughts are with our neighbours
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