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Michelin-starred Star Inn ‘reduced to ashes’

The fire began when the thatched roof of the 14th Century building in Harome, North Yorkshire, caught fire shortly after 22:00 GMT

The Star Inn, a Michelin-starred restaurant headed by chef Andrew Pern, has been “reduced to ashes” following a fire at the site last night (24 November).

The fire began when the thatched roof of the 14th Century building in Harome, North Yorkshire, caught fire shortly after 22:00 GMT.

According to the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service, crews attended the scene overnight and at its peak there were nine fire engines, one aerial ladder platform, one water bowser, one welfare unit and an incident command unit in attendance.

An update at 12:00 GMT today said that crews have finished damping down hot spots.

In a statement, the fire service said: “The fire in the thatched roof of the building caused extensive damage to the roof and roof space. Crews worked hard to prevent the fire spreading all along the thatched roof, meaning one end of the roof and the ground floor were saved from the fire.

“The incident remains open for revisits later today and fire investigations into the cause are continuing.”

Pern told the BBC that the restaurant’s thatched roof was “perfect” fuel for a fire, adding that “once it took a grip it didn’t really stand a chance”, and that the building’s frame has “just about gone”. 

Speaking to BBC Radio York, he said: “It was smouldering at first and the staff did a brilliant job, they grabbed all the fire extinguishers, got a hosepipe from the cellar, they did an amazing job themselves. There was nobody in the property, nobody hurt at all.”

Despite the significant structural damage to the site, Pern said the newer section of the pub “should be OK, so we’ll be able to function in a fashion, somehow”.

Fire investigator Tony Walker has since tweeted that he has started to investigate the cause of the fire.

 

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