Community appeal for help clearing up after devastating pub fire

  Posted: 05.04.21 at 09:53 by Hannah Corfield

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Owners of The White Hart in Wilmington are calling on members of the community for help as they embark on a major clean up mission, after fire ravaged the pub yesterday.

The building was left severely damaged throughout after the thatch caught fire requiring an extensive emergency response from fire crews across three counties, who battled the blaze for hours.

The salvage efforts were successful in bringing the flames under control, before the remaining thatch had to be stripped from the roof.

Now the owners are appealing to the community for help as they work hard to clear the thatch debris and clean up smoke and water residue.

"All the team here will work very hard to try and get the pub open for next week. But we need your help," a post on social media said.

"We need anyone that has a little time to spare that could maybe come along to the White Hart and help us to clear the garden and grounds.

"If you can help, please bring a brush, a rake or a wheelbarrow. Also mobs, buckets and cloths would be helpful.

"We also have a car park full of thatch that we need to move somehow – if you have any ideas, please let us know."

The pub is located in Trafalgar Way in Wilmington near Honiton just off the A35.

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