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Dad's Chair is Saved
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

December 24, 2008: 3am Wednesday: Bare walls are now all that's left of the George, except for chimney stacks that stand silhouetted against the floodlights erected by fire crews. Hoses are playing 2000 gallons of water per minute onto the ruins in an effort to dampen down the localised fires that keep breaking out and fire crews are gradually being stood down and sent home. They came from across Devon apparently - Coombe Martin, Exeter, Barnstaple, Tavistock and South Molton are just a few we met. We're told that the cob walls of the George have survived so re-building seems possible, but there's nothing left inside. Beams that were hundreds of years old have crashed down and are probably still burning as we write. Landlord Bob was in Cornwall today and heard of the disaster as he drove back. We spoke to him soon after he returned. He's had plenty of offers of a bed for the night and his partner was pleased that the chair given to her by her father was one of the first things that firecrews saved. Furniture and other bar items seemed to have been top priority. But the hotel as we knew it did not survive! That oak wall in the breakfast room - gone! The little room where we took photos of the tar barrels - gone! The front balcony seems to have survived so maybe there's still hope.



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