Dramatic pictures shared by Teignmouth Fire Station show crews battling against the ferocious blaze which destroyed the iconic Beachcomber Café on Tuesday evening.
The new pictures show the café fully engulfed in flames, and the efforts of fire crews to extinguish the fire.
Teignmouth Fire Station shared the pictures on their Facebook page, and wrote: “After dealing with a serious property fire in Torquay earlier yesterday evening, crews were mobilised to a serious fire in the Beachcomber Cafe in Teignmouth.
“Our best wishes are with everyone affected by the incidents we attended.”
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire, and insurers, loss adjusters and fire investigators are looking at the structural damage to the café.
The fire destroyed the kitchen, takeaway and service areas. The rest of the iconic seafront building has been left badly damaged by smoke and water.
The cafe and the public toilets on the lower level facing The Den are both closed and there were fears that Thursday night’s Teignmouth Carnival parade might have been cancelled. The mayor of Teignmouth, Paul Burgess, said portable toilets have now been brought in and the carnival procession has been saved.
The two storey building is owned by Teignbridge Council which says it is working with cafe leaseholders Ralph and Vicky Brown to come up with long and short term solutions.
The Beachcomber’s staff bravely took part in the Teignmouth Carnival parade on Thursday night.
They have thanked people in the community for the overwhelming support since the ‘awful events of Tuesday evening’.
The Beachcomber owners said: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the kindness of our friends, customers, local clubs and businesses since we suffered the awful events of Tuesday evening and send out a heartfelt thank you.
“The offers of help range from hands on cleaning through to the loan of equipment to assist us in getting our beloved cafe up and running, if we haven’t yet been in touch then please bear with us.
“There is a huge amount going on behind the scenes and we hope to post an update next week with our plans moving forward.
“Our colleagues will be in the Teignmouth Carnival procession on Thursday evening so please give them an extra special wave as they go past.
“We are currently closed but we are very busy working behind the scenes to get our lovely cafe up and running as quickly as possible. Thank you all for your continued support in what has been a very difficult time.”
Teignbridge Council, which owns the building on the Promenade and the toilets below facing The Den, said: “We are working with our loss adjusters and the tenant to review the safety of the building and investigate the cause of the fire.
“Talks are planned with the tenant to come up with a short and long term solution. We would like to thank the emergency services for their swift response in dealing with this incident.”
Teignmouth and Teignbridge Cllr Jacqui Orme, who works at the Beachcomber, added: “The community are completely behind them. There is great affection in our local community for the Beachcomber. Just about everybody knows people who have worked there at some time.
“For a small town it’s a very important part of the community. The staff are like one big family. It’s the kind of business that goes the extra mile to help people. They have raised a lot for local charities over the years, giving scones and holding cream teas and letting people hold fundraising events there in the evenings. They go the extra mile without making a fuss and that’s why everybody locally is so upset.”
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