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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.”