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Eye witness describes "earth-shaking" explosion in Windermere

An eye witness has described the moment he heard an "earth-shaking" explosion in Ecclerigg near Winderemere.

The ensuing blaze went on to kill a man and a woman, Cumbria Police have said. It is thought that fireworks went off while inside a shed.

Anthony Middleton, from Stockport, saw the blaze and filmed it on his mobile phone. He was on holiday in the area with his family at the time.

Speaking to ITV News Border, he said: "We heard this almighty explosion and the best way to describe that would be a series of earth-shaking cannons going off."

We heard this almighty explosion and the best way to describe that would be a series of earth-shaking cannons going off. We then looked up and saw these exhibition-style fireworks illuminating the sky, which was unusual given that it was a lovely day. We then saw thick, grey smoke bellowing from behind the trees and that's when we knew something was going badly wrong."

– Anthony Middleton, eye witness

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Fire broke out in two outbuildings

A fire which led to the deaths of two people in Windermere on Saturday afternoon broke out in two outbuildings.

Four fire engines were called to a house in Ecclerigg, near Windermere.

"Firefighters were called to deal with a serious fire involving two adjacent outbuildings in the grounds of a large house in Ecclerigg, Near Windermere, with reports that people might be inside the premises.

"Four fire engines from Windermere, Ambleside, Staverley and Coniston were sent to the scene and crews found a well developed fire involving the two outbuildings.

"Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets and compressed air foam to bring the fire under control. Two crews remained at the scene damping down."

– Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Owners hope to restore and re-open pub

Large parts of the roof at the back of the hotel have caved in. Credit: ITV Border

The owners of an historic Cumbrian pub damaged in a fire say they will restore the seventeenth century building to its former glory and re-open.

50 people escaped the blaze at The Queen's Head Hotel at Troutbeck near Windermere last week. Large parts of the roof had completely caved in but most of the downstairs and bar area was saved.

The cause is still unknown.

Owners seek hotel blaze helper

Large parts of the roof at the back of the hotel had caved in Credit: ITV Border

The owners of a Lakeland hotel gutted by fire are searching for the anonymous person who helped ensure it wasn't burned to the ground.

A farm worker used his quad bike to get firefighters hoses to a nearby beck.

The man has so far not been traced but the owners of the Queen's Head hotel at Troutbeck are keen to find him to pass on their thanks.

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Fifty staff and customers in hotel when fire started

Large parts of the roof at the back of the hotel have caved in. Credit: ITV

Around fifty staff and customers escaped unhurt from a hotel in the Lake District after a major fire started at the back of the building.

Parts of the The Queen's Head Hotel at Troutbeck have been completely destroyed after it was engulfed by flames last night.

People who were due to stay at the venue have been found alternative accommodation.

Firefighters saved what mementos they could from the hotel blaze. Credit: ITV
Customers fled the beer garden as the fire took hold. Credit: ITV
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