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Hotel fire in pictures: Flames destroy historical Exeter buildings

image captionStructural engineers are carrying out site inspections at the Royal Clarence Hotel

Demolition work on buildings devastated by a fire that ripped through the historical heart of Exeter is expected to start this week.

The blaze consumed buildings on the city's Cathedral Green, including what is described as England's oldest hotel - the Royal Clarence.

The blaze began at about 05:00 BST on Friday.

Engineers are assessing the site and crews continue to spray water on to the shell of the building.

Latest on the Exeter fire, and more Devon and Cornwall news

These pictures tell the story of how the fire spread:

image copyrightNick Groom
image captionThe blaze is understood to have started about 05:00 BST on Friday in the Castle Fine Art gallery
image copyrightNick Groom
image captionThe fire took hold and guests including Nick Groom (who took this picture) and his wife were evacuated from the Royal Clarence Hotel further along Cathedral Green
image captionMore than 150 firefighters from across Devon and Somerset were sent to tackle the blaze
image copyrightDan Bullock
image captionThe fire spread next door to the building containing the Well House Tavern
image captionFirefighters believed they had the fire under control but it then spread to the Royal Clarence Hotel on Friday
image copyrightEPA
image captionAt about 16:00 BST on Friday a police drone captured images from above to assess the devastation
image captionThe front of the Royal Clarence Hotel started to collapse in the early hours of Saturday
image captionOn Saturday morning a thermal imaging camera was used to measure the temperature of debris within the shell of the hotel
image copyrightEPA
image captionOnly the shell of the building now remains
image copyrightPA
image captionCrews continue to dampen down the site
image copyrightPymouss/DevonandSomersetFireandRescue
image captionThe Royal Clarence Hotel before and after the blaze

Related Topics

  • Exeter
  • Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

More on this story

  • BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall on Monday 31 October 2016

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