A second fire in just six months has destroyed the famous Merry Harriers pub on West Buckland Road. Four fire crews from Wellington and Taunton fought the blaze throughout last night but were unable to contain the blaze. The building now stands gutted and roofless.
In July this year the Merry Harriers closed suddenly and a week later there was a fire which police said they were investigating as arson. Since then then the ancient inn has been screened by security fencing , with no signs of renovation or repair.
Last night’s fire was so intense that firemen had to close the road and cordon off a safety zone 50m from the building. Firefighters were called to the former pub on Blackdown Hill Road, West Buckland, at 10.14pm on Sunday night after reports a fire had broken out.
Three fire crews from Wellington and Taunton were sent to the scene, and the road was closed by police as firefighters battled the blaze.
Shortly after 11pm, the fire broke through the roof of the building and continued to rage as firefighters used water cannons to try and quell the blaze/ A second water carrier from Exeter was requested to attend, as well as an aerial ladder platform from Taunton.
At 12.30am, the building partially collapsed as crews continued to work with compressed air foam and water to try and extinguish the blaze.
The building, measuring 15 metres by 30 metres, and the roof was completely destroyed in the fire. The building has been deemed unsafe by fire crews and a building inspector will attend later today.