Serious thatch fire destroys 16th century Dorset pub

A 16th Century West Dorset pub has been completely destroyed after a fire ripped through the building. The nearby A35 was closed causing traffic jams between Bridport and Lyme Regis.

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"We have each other, that is all we have" Pub fire family overwhelmed by support

The owner of a sixteenth-century thatched pub that was destroyed in a fire over the Bank Holiday weekend has told ITV News that he's been overwhelmed by the public support for his family.

The Long family lost everything in the fire at the Clockhouse Inn in Chideock, near Bridport. Over the last few days they've been inundated with offers of places to stay - and clothes - from the whole community.

Chideock community launches fundraising appeal for pub fire family

The community in Chideock have launched an appeal in support of a family whose 16th Century thatched pub was destroyed in a fire.

Mike and Helen Long and their two children lost all their belongings in the fire which gutted The Clockhouse Inn yesterday.

St. Giles Church and the local parish council have set up collection points for donations of clothes and money.

The building has partially collapsed but no one was injured. Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue Service

A safety cordon remains in place while the remains of the pub are investigated by structural engineers.

The family have vowed to rebuild the pub.

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WATCH: 80 firefighters tackle Chideock pub fire

This video shows more than 80 firefighters working to contain a fire that broke out at a historic pub in Chideock at around midday yesterday.

The nearby A35 was closed causing traffic jams between Bridport and Lyme Regis.

The owners have vowed to rebuild their home.

Video credit: Dorset Echo.

Serious thatch fire at 16th century Dorset pub

Over 80 firefighters battled a major thatch fire at the much-loved Clock House Inn in Chideock, West Dorset today.

While no one was injured in the blaze, Dorset Fire Control said the building was showing signs of collapse.

Villagers came to help, and managed to save tables, chairs, dartboards and trophies, which are being stored in a church opposite the pub.

The A35 through Chideock, west of Bridport, is closed both ways and is expected to be restricted until Tuesday, causing severe congestion.

Twitter users posted pictures from the scene.

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