Stuart Broad: England cricketer's pub gutted by fire

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The fire has badly damaged the pub, with most of the roof destroyed

A pub part-owned by England and Nottinghamshire cricketer Stuart Broad has been badly damaged by a fire.

Firefighters were called to the Tap and Run in the village of Upper Broughton, on the border of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, at about 03:20 BST.

The roof and first floor of the pub - which is also owned by former cricketer Harry Gurney - have been destroyed.

The owners said they were "devastated" and the fire service said the cause was believed to have been accidental.

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The cricketers thanked the public for their support and promised the pub would open again

No-one was injured and the fire service said the road outside had reopened just after 13:00.

In a statement, Broad and Gurney said: "We are devastated to announce that due to a significant fire in the early hours of June 11th The Tap & Run will not be trading for the foreseeable future.

"We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of support.

"And finally... we will be back! Watch this space."

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The blaze came as Broad was preparing to face New Zealand on day two of the second Test at Trent Bridge.

His England team-mate James Anderson told Test Match Special: "He's obviously devastated but he's here and will be out there.

"He's just happy that no-one's hurt. It's obviously gutting because it's such a huge part of his and Harry's lives."

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Residents were asked to avoid the area and keep windows closed

Eight fire crews from Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire were at the scene at the height of the blaze.

The fire service said an aerial ladder platform, water carrier and command support vehicle were also deployed.

People living nearby were advised to keep their doors and windows closed.

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