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Heartbreak in Hatherleigh
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

December 24, 2008: Stunned residents gathered in Market Street and in the Market Car Park tonight as the George Hotel went up in flames. About 200 firemen and 22 fire appliances attended the blaze, which saw the historic building reduced to bare walls. The fire seems to have started about 8.20pm in the kitchen area, or perhaps in the rooms above, because by the time we arrived that corner was seriously alight. The blaze then spread over to the dining area and moved rapidly along the main reception block so that soon the front was an inferno too. The George is the heart of Hatherleigh ... and it's literally gone! Our picture shows the front as the blaze reached it around midnight. It's 3am now - more later if we have the heart to show it.



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