Hungry Horse fire: Yeovil pub owners to meet staff as Bell Inn rebuild plan is revealed
Staff at a Yeovil pub which was destroyed in a huge blaze at the weekend might be re-deployed while it is rebuilt, it emerged today.
Flames spread through The Bell Inn, part of the Hungry Horse chain, on Preston Road in the early hours of Sunday morning.
More than 16 fire engines from across Somerset tackled the blaze for four hours after being called to the scene at 4.20am. Police also attended to assist with road closures, while ambulance crews were kept on stand-by.
Investigators with Devon and Somerset Fire Service are still working to establish the cause of the fire which extensively damaged the popular family pub.
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Greene King, which owns the pub, will be meeting with staff this evening and are looking to re-deploy them to other establishments where possible, a spokeswoman said.
She added: "Unfortunately the Bell suffered from a major fire in the early hours of Sunday morning. Thankfully no-one was on site and everyone is safe. We are working with the emergency services to establish the cause of the fire and plan to re-build the pub later this year.
"We are meeting with our team members this evening and we will be looking to re-deploy them within company where possible."
Crews from Yeovil, Martock, Somerton, Sherborne, Chard, Castle Cary, and Ilminster, as well as an aerial ladder platform and incident support unit from Taunton, a command unit and supporting pump from Street, the water carrier from Bridgwater, and the welfare unit from Burnham on Sea, were dispatched to the scene on Sunday as the seriousness of the fire became clear.
Flames ripped through the ground and first floors and broke through the roof at the rear of the pub.
Firefighters wearing breathing sets entered the property because it was not known whether anyone was inside at the time.
All persons were later accounted for safe and well.
The blaze was extinguished using six main jets, two aerial ladder platforms, and one hose reel jet, backed by hydrants and the water carrier.
See Thursday's Western Gazette for a full report and reaction to the incident.
HUNGRY HORSE PUB FIRE - IN PICTURES