England’s Oldest Hotel, Royal Clarence, Gutted By FIRE [PHOTOS]
A hotel that lays a claim to be England’s oldest has been destroyed in a huge fire in Exeter, firefighters have said.
More than 100 emergency workers battled unsuccessfully to save the timber-framed Royal Clarence after a blaze started in a nearby building.
The flames also claimed other buildings in the centre of the city, despite firefighters working all day to contain them.
“Crews will be at the scene overnight and into tomorrow trying to stop the fire spreading to other historic buildings. The Clarence has been completely destroyed,” a spokesman for Devon and Somerset fire service said late on Friday night.