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Staff and owners at iconic Teignmouth seafront café…

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Owners of the iconic Beachcomber Café in Teignmouth which was destroyed by a fire on July 25 have thanked customers for their patience, and reassured them that they will be ‘running as quickly as possible’.

The blaze destroyed the kitchen, takeaway and service areas, and the rest of the iconic seafront building has been left badly damaged by smoke and water.

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Now, the owners of the much-loved café have taken to Facebook to reassure customers and well-wishers that they are working hard to reopen as soon as they can.

They wrote: “Just a quick update to say thank you for your patience, our aim is to get our cafe up and running as quickly as possible and we are working hard behind the scenes to achieve this.

Fire in the Beachcomber Cafe on Teignmouth seafront on July 25, 2017

“We miss seeing our regulars every day and are looking forward to seeing you all as soon as possible.”

Three appliances from Teignmouth, Dawlish and Torquay, and an Operational Assurance Officer, were sent to the Beachcomber café in Teignmouth after several calls reporting a fire.

On arrival of the first appliance, the assistance of a fourth fire engine was requested, which was sent from Paignton.

By 11pm the kitchen area of the café was well alight and the remainder of the property was heavily smoke logged.

Fire in the Beachcomber Cafe on Teignmouth seafront on July 25, 2017

Police were requested to deal with large crowds as six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire close-up.

Crowds gathered on the waterfront last night as part of the carnival week, with a funfair on The Den and live music attracting large numbers of people.

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.

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 tenantto review the safety of the building and investigate the cause of the fire.

Fire in the Beachcomber Cafe on Teignmouth seafront on July 25, 2017

“Talks are planned with the tenant to come up with a short and long termsolution. We would like to thank the emergency services for their swiftresponse 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 everyboyd 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.”

Emergency services visit Teignmouth seafront hotel for third time…

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Police officers and ambulance crews attended a Teignmouth seafront hotel for the third time in a week on Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the Bay Hotel on Sunday at around 1pm following concerns for the welfare of a resident.

The woman in question was later taken to hospital for treatment of a minor hand wound and was left in the hands of the mental health professionals.

This follows a blaze in a bedroom on the top floor of Bay Hotel on Tuesday afternoon, in which Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said that the contents of the penthouse bedroom had been severely damaged by fire and the rest of the penthouse had been severely damaged by smoke by the fire that began just before 1pm.

At 4.26pm on Tuesday an arson detection dog from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was requested to assist with the fire investigation.

Two people – a 58-year-old woman from Teignmouth and a 44-year-old man from Teignmouth – had been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life by the police.

A police spokesman told Devon Live on Friday morning that the pair had been released from police custody, pending further investigation.

They added: “This appears to be an isolated incident and a joint investigation by police and our partner agencies.

“We are appealing for witnesses to the incident and if anyone was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious then contact us on 101 or email 101@dc-police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/056819/17.

Crews were called back again on Thursday lunchtime at 12.10pm to the hotel after the fire alarm sounded.

But a fire service spokesman said that the call out was a false alarm as someone had hit the fire alarm accidentally.

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Investigations continue into Teignmouth seafront hotel fire

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a fire at a Teignmouth seafront hotel. Police and fire crews were called to the blaze in a bedroom on the top floor of Bay Hotel on Tuesday afternoon and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said that the contents of the penthouse bedroom had been severely damaged by fire and the rest of the penthouse had been severely damaged by smoke by the fire that began just before 1pm.

At 4.26pm on Tuesday an arson detection dog from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was requested to assist with the fire investigation.

Two people – a 58-year-old woman from Teignmouth and a 44-year-old man from Teignmouth – had been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life by the police.

A police spokesman told Devon Live on Friday morning that the pair had been released from police custody, pending further investigation.


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They added: “This appears to be an isolated incident and a joint investigation by police and our partner agencies.

“We are appealing for witnesses to the incident and if anyone was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious then contact us on 101 or email 101@dc-police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/056819/17.

Crews were called back again on Thursday lunchtime at 12.10pm to the hotel after the fire alarm sounded.

But a fire service spokesman said that the call out was a false alarm as someone had hit the fire alarm accidentally.


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