11 Jan 2013
A Somerset pub was “severely damaged” when fire engulfed its ground and first floors.
The incident occurred at the Bell Inn, on Preston Road in Yeovil, in the early hours of January 6 with fire crews immediately calling for back-up when they arrived on the scene.
Crews from around the region pooled their resources to assist the eight fire engines already on site and help tackle the blaze, which also affected part of the roof – although fortunately there were no injuries.
There is some hope for regulars at the pub though, with the Western Gazette reporting that its owners have pledged to rebuild it this year.
Staff at the pub, part of the Hungry Horse group, will be moved to other outlets while the Bell Inn is out of action.
An investigation is already underway to find out what caused the fire.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that all commercial properties in England and Wales are required to undergo suitable fire risk assessments.
Under the terms of the order, Responsible Persons face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison if assessments are found to have been insufficient.
Copyright Press Association 2013