Jason Smith

In the early hours of this morning, The New Inn on Northgate Street was 20 per cent damaged by fire after a blaze started on the ground floor and spread through the three story building to the roof.

Following the activation of the buildings smoke alarms, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service were contacted at 1:01am this morning my the New Inn pub in Gloucester. The first crew arrived at the scene at 1:08am.

On arrival all 50 guests had been safely evacuated with just two needing assistance from fire officers. They have all now been safely relocated to The Station Hotel and The New County Inn.

In total 10 fire engines and an aerial ladder were used to tackle the blaze with crews leaving the scene at 05:52 am.

The fire investigating officer is still on scene so Northgate and Southgate Street are closed, both should be opening very shortly. Great Western Power has switched off all gas and electric to the property.

The pub is a grade one listed building with a complex design. It is believed it was built in approximately 1450 using a timber frame. It is made up of the stories, 20meters by 40meters and is used as a hotel.

Andy Hermiston, deputy chief fire officer said: “This was a large fire in one of Gloucester’s oldest buildings; our crews did a brilliant job and tackling it quickly and safely. At the moment the investigations into cause are still ongoing.”

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