Blaze rips through village pub

Flames engulf the Drovers Inn in Dallowgill and, below, demolition work starts at the at the village pub (S)

Flames engulf the Drovers Inn in Dallowgill and, below, demolition work starts at the at the village pub (S)

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A serious blaze over the Bank Holiday weekend has completely destroyed a village pub between Ripon and Pateley Bridge.

Fire broke out in The Drovers Inn, also known as the Little Drovers, in Dallowgill in the evening of Easter Sunday, March 31.

Demolition work starts at the Drovers Inn, Dallowgil, after a major fire destroyed the village pub (S)

Demolition work starts at the Drovers Inn, Dallowgil, after a major fire destroyed the village pub (S)

Firefighters from across the county - including crews from Summerbridge, Ripon, Masham, Harrogate, York and even Richmond - battled the flames through the night but could not save the pub building.

At its height six fire engines, a water bowser and an aerial ladder platform were at the scene.

The pub’s owners Simon and Lynn Bostock, of the Dallowgill estate, said the alarm was raised at around 9.30pm after the pub had closed. Nobody was injured, but the landlord and landlady have lost everything from their home above the pub.

The scale of the fire was “mind blowing” Mrs Bostock said.

“The firefighters were absolutely fantastic,” she added.

Fire crews managed to save the nearby buildings, including the Moorhouse shooting lodge, which runs as a B and B, and only sustained minor damage in the blaze.

“We are all shock, it’s difficult to take it in,” Mr Bostock said.

But as the remote pub’s water supply comes from a bore hole fire engines had to be used to pump water from an open water source 500metres away and a fire hydrant two kilometres away, making for slow progress when the crews first arrived, a fire service spokesman said.

They also used a layer of foam to protect hundreds of litres of heating oil stored in the pub’s basement.

A structural engineers was called to the scene as fire crews continued to fight the flames in the early hours of Monday morning and declared the building unsafe.

A fire investigation has not yet been carried out, and the fire ravaged building is set to torn down in the next two days.