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Yeovil pub destroyed in blaze

The Bell Inn, Yeovil Credit: Vikki Farrar

Dozens of firefighters have been tackling a huge blaze at the Bell Inn in Yeovil.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service say they received numerous calls from the public reporting seeing flames just after 4am on Saturday morning.

The fire engulfed the ground floor, first floor and roof.

At least 16 fire engines were called out to the pub, which is part of the Hungry Horse chain, on Preston Road.

Fire crews battled to stop the fire spreading to nearby buildings. The blaze took four hours to put out and firefighters say the building has been left 'severely damaged.'

No-one was injured in the fire. Officers are now investigating what caused it.

Charity seeks new premises after fire damage

by Richard Lawrence
Surf Life Saving GB's head office suffered serious smoke damage. Credit: ITV Westcountry

A national charity is appealing for help to find new premises after its head office in Exeter suffered serious smoke damage.

The ten staff of Surf Life Saving GB have been told by their landlords it could be up to a year before they can move back into the building.

A fire broke out in an annexe attached to the rear of the Georgian terrace in Southernhay. 30 firefighters were called out. They managed to prevent it from spreading to neighbouring properties and contained the blaze, but the smoke poured into the building where the charity occupies two floors.

The charity's chief executive Esther Pearson says she was relieved no one was injured, but she now desperately needs to find temporary accommodation for the charity.

Anyone who may be able to help with space or removal costs is asked to contact the organisation by visiting their website.

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Lifesaving charity made homeless in fire

A national charity has been made homeless after a fire in the centre of Exeter this morning.

It broke out at the back of a building which is also home to the headquarters of Surf Lifesaving Great Britain.

The charity is now appealing for help to find new premises for their 10 staff over the next few months.

Firefighters managed to contain the fire but the building has suffered extensive smoke damage.

Southernhay fire picture

Fire crews at blaze in Southernhay/Photo Mike Kocziban

Six fire crews are tackling a blaze in the heart of Exeter's business district. Several people called Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service when they saw smoke pouring from a ground floor window in offices in Southernhay.

Two appliances from Exeter arrived to find the building well alight. Firemen in breathing apparatus forced an entry into the building to search for any people who may have been trapped but there are no reports of any casualties.

Further appliances were called, including the aerial platform and pumps from Topsham and Crediton, and other teams in breathing apparatus joined the search of the building.

Six crews tackle fire at Southernhay

Six fire crews are tackling a blaze in the heart of Exeter's business district. Several people called Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service when they saw smoke pouring from a ground floor window in offices in Southernhay.

Two appliances from Exeter arrived to find the building well alight. Firemen in breathing apparatus forced an entry into the building to search for any people who may have been trapped but there are no reports of any casualties.

Further appliances were called, including the aerial platform and pumps from Topsham and Crediton, and other teams in breathing apparatus joined the search of the building.

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