Exeter fire: Gas mains rupture as crews work to save surrounding buildings

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(Last Updated On: October 29, 2016)

Over 24 hours later and the fire in Exeter still burns.

The fire service have just confirmed that a gas main has ruptured inside The Royal Clarence Hotel and is well alight. Gas engineers are on site to try and isolate.

The fire service were called to Cathedral Green at around 5.30am yesterday morning to reports of a fire at the Galleries Building. The fire later spread to The Royal Clarence Hotel next door, destroying what is believed to be England’s oldest hotel.

The scene yesterday

Part of the front fascia has collapsed, the area is cordoned off to the public and road closures are in place.

Superintendent Sam De Reya has advised people to not go into the city unless absolutely necessary.

The Police and Fire service released a joint statement yesterday, see: http://wearesouthdevon.com/police-and-fire-service-release-joint-statement-regarding-exeter-fire/

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