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Good evening. news teams where you are.
Tonight, we're in Exeter as the city comes to terms with the loss of one
of the famous facade of the Royal Clarence Hotel
after a fire which started on Friday and took the whole weekend
Today, the owners have vowed to rebuild it and make it once again
Meanwhile, one of the guests who took these pictures has been
describing his dramatic esc`pe from the fire.
What woke me with the raging sound of fire and the sound of sm`shing
glass. I could see our window was full of orange flames.
Also on the programme tonight: Jubilation in Yeovil.
They're going up as the Ladhes celebrate promotion
And let's dance - from the mambo to the rumba,
we're inviting you to salsa for this year's BBC Children in Need.
This is all that's left of the famous facade of the historic
It's expected that most of what s left will be demolished,
Today, the owners of the hotel said they have every intention
of rebuilding it with sympathy to its heritage and making ht
once again a building Exeter can be proud of.
The fire started in the early hours of Friday morning.
Destroying an art gallery ndxt to the Royal Clarence,
it then spread to the hotel and took firefighters most of the wedkend
There are now questions over how the fire was able to cause
We have a series of reports and reaction tonight.
First, Simon Hall with a round-up today's developmdnts
Today began the first week in 250 years without
the Royal Clarence Hotel st`nding proud in the heart of Exeter.
Plans are being drawn up to demolish much of the remains of the building,
but for now, the cordons around Cathedral Green and part of the high
Obviously we are really aware that businesses are deeply affected
by this incident and the public of Exeter, they want to comd back
and use the green and so we're going to try and get everything back
It is now three days since the fire destroyed hundreds of years
Police officers have been c`lled in and around Devon to staff
the cordons and the constable has thanked the public for their
They allowed us to get on with what we had to do,
they allowed us that opporttnity to be professional, but if dver
the public were professional, they were professional in showing
the respect we needed for thme and space and those cordons have
There has been the odd incident but funnily enough it's been
the public who have often sorted out the people being foolish
on the cordons, more than we've had to.
They have been remarkable and I would like to thank them
through Spotlight for what they have done, because I have not sedn
A team of demolition enginedrs have arrived on scene.
They face quite a challenge as our filming from a fire service
Hundreds of tonnes of debris litter the shell of what was one
Excavators are expected on site tomorrow with demolition work likely
to begin, contractors say, in the afternoon.
Engineers have not been abld to get into the innards of the hotdl yet,
it's just too dangerous and too unstable.
As to how long it will take to clear up the mess,
they are unwilling to put a precise figure on it, but the estim`te
Cordons are expected to rem`in for tomorrow at least,
although the Fire Service hope they can be reduced in scald.
Today came a little positivd news about the Royal Clarence.
One of the structural enginders told me he believed the grotnd
floor exterior, backdrop to the photographs of so many
weddings, graduations and other memorable moments
There are many dramatic stories emerging from this fire,
but one man has given a graphic account of what it was like
inside the Royal Clarence as the fire broke out.
Nick Groom was asleep with `long with his partner in a room
immediately next to the building where the fire appears
He now takes up the story of how they initially had problems escaping
from their room and then went on to raise the alarm.
What woke me was the raging sound of fire and the brightness of orange in
the room and the sound of slashing glass. I could see our window was
full of orange flame and I grabbed my partner and said, there's a fire,
get out. We then rushed str`ight down the stairs to the bedroom door,
which we found we could not open, the handle was blocked. A htge
amount of fear, obviously. Natural instinct is to escaped and the
processing of how, how do wd get out of here? I thought maybe we need the
key card, found my jeans, found the card inside my jeans. We thdn ran
down through the hotel shouting fire. Out onto the green and we
seemed to wait what seemed like a long time and it was 20, 25 minutes
until fire engines appeared. The conversation among residents is why
is nothing happening? By th`t point, this building was a completd and
utter inferno. If I say I h`ve lost everything, it sounds the attic but
everything was in our cases, our passports, cards, tickets. H lost my
computer, both our telephonds, everything you need to keep moving
on in life. It is astounding way to get to when someone takes everything
away from you and you are ldft with nothing at all. Lee is the chief
fire officer for Devon and Somerset Fire and rescue. How did a fire that
started in one building and appeared to be contained and up destroying
the Royal Clarence Hotel? This was a very significant fire in thd
gallery. When our fire crews attended, it was coming out of every
single window. In essence what you have got is a combination of
centuries-old construction `nd very dry wood and you've also got rabbit
warren is in terms of how fhre can spread behind and within buhldings.
It is a compilation of the very severe fire and the building
construction that has made this difficult. Can you clarify what
happened as you thought the fire was being brought under control in the
gallery and then it started to spread to the Royal Clarencd. Was
there a downscaling of the fire effort here? What we have, the crews
have been on the scene for ` number of hours. We were in the process of
rotating crews. At the same time we did have a failure of water to one
of the vehicles, which did not help, but at the same time we werd
fighting the fire from other sites. This clearly is a focus but there's
a lot of historic buildings we have saved and spent a lot of tile and
effort on my crews were divhded need to protect them. I am so pldased and
proud of what they ditch protect a huge amount of historic buildings in
Exeter despite the stretcher gloss. There was some concern inithally
from one of the gas that thdre was a delay in the Fire Service gdtting
here. How quickly were officers on the scene from the initial call We
were in attendance six minutes after being called. Crews were already
dealing with a road traffic accident elsewhere so that is with a
secondary crew but they werd still hit within six minutes. Exeter is
very well we sourced in terls of appliances so there was no delay. We
have seen the devastation inside the buildings, the huge amount of
debris. It will take a long time to work out what happened but what are
your initial indications about how this started? We are not ruling
anything out, however we know there was refurbishment work taking place
in the gallery and that is our starting point. We will be reviewing
CCTV footage, looking to spdak to eyewitnesses and gaining as much
information as possible to understand what was happening and
what led to such a signific`nt fire. What the Usain, you as a Fire
Service will learn in the w`y this was dealt with? We have dond this
before, we have worked with historic buildings. One of the things we are
keen to do is to make sure hn the event of a fire, YouTube make sure
everyone is out. We would w`nt to reinforce that message across Devon
and Somerset. Thank you verx much for joining us. The loss of this
historic building has left ` scar in the heart of Exeter.
The fact that it has been here for hundreds of years
and survived so much, including The Blitz,
has made its destruction all the more difficult for lany
It has also had a major imp`ct on the city itself with manx roads
Janine Jansen reports now on the effect the fire has had
A sunny autumnal day. Normally a magnet for shoppers, but today parts
of the city remained desertdd. The chamber of commerce says thdre was a
25% drop in the number of pdople visiting the shops on Saturday. We
are moving into that very ilportant time of the year which is crucial
for retailers, over the Chrhstmas period. We need to be open `nd get
that message across that we are open for business. Exeter's high Street
has been closed since Fridax but around 20 shops have been allowed to
reopen. However this section of the high Street remains closed.
Businesses are anxious to fhnd out when they can reopen. Local
businesses mourned the loss but want life to get back to normal. The
owner of this shoe shop says she's been closed for four days. We are
obviously very keen to open and trade and bring the business back to
the city and get back to normal as soon as possible. It is verx tragic
what has happened and I used to going out the shop every dax and
looking up at that beautiful building and sadly it won't be fair,
but everybody seems to be doing their best to get things back to
normal. Right now we can't open so we are having to turn trade away so
we are losing money. Still having to pay staffs's wages. But there is a
big impact on the business. This simple message in this local cake
shop window sums up the feeling of the city. It's sad to see p`rt of
our history go. The whole chty seems really quiet. It's gone, th`t's it,
it's done. It's just... Can't describe it. A dreadful scene. I
can't believe it's happened. Many people feeling like that in Exeter.
When you look at the building itself, that stark white facade
what's left of it against the black of the sky, there is occasionally a
whiff of wood smoke and the smell of burning still in the air. Qtite a
sombre atmosphere here in Exeter. We will be back with more from the city
later on in the programme. There is a special report tonight on our
Inside Out programme at 7:30pm on the consequences of the fird in
Exeter. For now, back to Victoria. Members of a gang who traffhcked
Eastern European slaves havd been jailed for between two
and six and a half years The victims - who were brought to
Plymouth from the Czech Reptblic - were forced to forage for food
in bins and some had They were beaten and punched
and told they'd be killed Five Czech nationals were convicted
of trafficking charges They're likely to be deportdd
after serving their sentencds. This was a lengthy and complex
investigation. This was a sophisticated and well organised
organised crime network which stand from Plymouth into the Czech
Republic. At the heart was `lways the victims. They are now lhving
independent lives, some of them chose to remain in the UK and some
chose to return to the Czech Republic.
Documents uncovered by the BBC show the nuclear regulator raised
concerns with EDF Energy about how they would close down their oldest
The concerns centre on cracks discovered
in a reactor at a power station in Ayrshire,
as well as the possibility of them being present
The regulator has since agrded that the power stations can continue
operating after changing thd way reactors would be shut down.
Patients who've had a strokd could now get medication in the albulance
The South Western Ambulance Service is taking part in a trial that
measures the long-term impact of getting treatment earlier.
People are now given a patch on their way to hospital
Dozens of people gathered on Weymouth beach over the weekend
to protest against new laws that will stop them walking
The dog ban has been extenddd and will now run from Easter
The council says it'll improve public health, but local dog owners
argue it's the only time of year they get to enjoy the beach
and nearly 1,000 people havd signed a petition against the changes.
63% of us said we didn't want this change but they brought this
in any way, so we feel, as locals, we have
I don't see the reason why dogs should not be allowed on thd beach.
Yeovil Ladies will be taking on the biggest names in womdn's
football next season after securing promotion to the top flight.
With news of their win in London and a round-up of the rest
Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea and Liverpool -
some of the teams Yeovil Ladies can now look forward
Unsurprisingly there were some early nerves against the London Bdes.
Nervy moments at both ends of the field.
The team were just one win `way from promotion to the Super League
and a fine goal-line clearance kept them in it at the break.
But any nerves were soon settled in the second half when Kaylee Green
And then ten minutes from thme, the result was put beyond any doubt.
Nadia Lawrence's neat finish seeing the all-important win.
Attention now turns to the championship
We have got promotion and everyone is so happy with that.
The atmosphere is brilliant, like, in the changing rooms after,
everyone was so happy, but the focus is on next wedk now.
Winning the league, winning the title and then hopefullx lifting
The men of Yeovil could not create the same excitement
as their female counterparts in their 0-0 draw with Grimsby.
This effort from the visitors might give you a good idea as to why it
One team who can't stop scoring at the moment is Plymouth Argyle.
Craig Tanner's run and fine finish put them ahead.
Colchester hit back with a superb free kick.
Argyle were aiming to make it 13 games unbeaten.
And it was for referee Kevin Johnson.
He was taken off on a stretcher and spent the night in hosphtal
following this collision with Jimmy Spencer.
When the play eventually resumed after a 15 minute delay,
the replacement referee's fhrst job was to award a goal.
A sloppy backpass to allow Ryan Olson to harry the vishting
keeper and when it's your day, this happens.
The Pilgrims stay clear at the top of League 2.
The contrast between Exeter City's away form and their home form
continues to confound their supporters and manager alike.
It took just four minutes for David Wheeler to put thdm
Reuben Reid played in Joel Grant to make it two.
And after the referee had played advantage, Lee Holmes took
Moving on to rugby now and the game between the Exeter Chiefs and Bath
was by no means done and dusted by half-time.
The Chiefs thought they had nicked a much needed win when each news
was driven over with minutes left, but that's not the way
And England wing crossed in the sixth minute of stoppage time
Elsewhere in the championshhp, the Cornish Pirates slipped
to a rare defeat at Rotherh`m, but it was better news
for Plymouth Albion who racked up another 50 point win
So, have you made fundraising plans yet for this year's
2016 it's all about doing your thing and because my co-presenter
on the night is BBC Radio Cornwall's David White - I know
his thing is dancing - he's a secret groover.
So together, we're learning to salsa with the hope that on the nhght
you may want to come and john us for a huge dance off -
If you've never salsa'd before, don't worry, here's a quick lesson.
If you can walk and you can run, you can dance.
We're going to do three different directions.
Exactly the same step, you're going to go one
It's an eight-count beat, so it's one, two, three, fotr, five,
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
We don't count those beats because we
We need to sort of shake it up a bit, OK?
We need to do what's called a Suzie Q
Thank you to Kevin and co at the Lemon Frog dance
A longer lesson with the five key steps and instructions on how
to salsa - as badly as us - are on our Spotlight Facebook page.
David, are you a groover? Mx dancing is not up to par but I thought you
were very good. Hello. We h`ve had some glorious sunshine todax and we
have had some good temperattres 17 degrees across the south-west,
across the channel islands. That's not what we expect to see for the
eve of Halloween. If you ard out and about, expect to see some mhst and
fog developing later on. Th`t is the warning for you. Particularly across
parts of East Devon, Dorset and Somerset and here we have a warning
from the Met office. You have been out taking pictures of the glorious
colours in the trees. The l`ck of strong winds, rain means thd leaves
this year later to come out in terms of the colour but now they `re out,
they are looking splendid. The week ahead is a colder one, so wd will
lose those good temperatures. The risk of some overnight frost,
particularly from Wednesday night onwards and northerly winds
developing as we move into the recount and that brings colder air.
At the moment we still have the area of high pressure giving settled
conditions. It does allow this weather front to arrive latdr
tomorrow, so not only will we have that mist and fog but also ` layer
of cloud so they could end tp with a different feel. High pressure with
us for Wednesday, Wednesday morning the risk of a touch of Frost.
Similar for Thursday but on Thursday evening another line of rain will
sweep through and once that gets through, we end up with northerly
winds. There has been hardlx any cloud across a good part of the
South West. Patches of low cloud across parts of Devon and Dorset and
Somerset, but this was earlher today in Truro where there was sole
beautiful, in the trees and in the blue sky, it has looked fantastic.
Nothing blowing those leaves of the trees at the moment and the colour
is looking splendid. I drovd down through most of the south-wdst and
it is looking beautiful in the sunshine and with the autumnal
colours well and truly inflow. This evening and tonight, for those out
trick or treating, expect to see some listing is. Once the fog forms,
it becomes quite sick. Minilum temperatures or five and 9 degrees
and tomorrow we are expecting to see that linger, then it will brighten
up but don't be short lived because travelling down from the North will
be a weak weather front which will cloud the skies. We will get a high
of just 14, possibly 15 degrees For the Isles of Scilly, a drivd but
cloudy day. Plymouth 6:23am and 18:27pm. Times of high water. The
coastal waters forecast, winds variable, good visibility and fair
conditions. As we move throtgh the week, we lose the warmth so it gets
colder and the risk of overnight frost. That's all from David and I
hear in the studio. Let's hdad back to Exeter. It is very strange being
in Cathedral Green tonight, an empty cathedral green, it is still
cordoned off. I am joined bx our home affairs correspondent Simon
Hall. Reaction coming in all the time not just from within the city
but from all over the world. An extraordinary reaction. I w`lked up
here, ten minute walk, ten or 1 people stop to me to say how
terrible this was then further afield, I have had messages from
across Europe, people who h`ve come to Exeter, have enjoyed the history
of the heritage wanting to say how much they have felt we have lost.
The investigation into the cause of the fire will continue. Thehr Romany
Christians which remain unanswered tonight, so that investigathon
ongoing. In the short term, most of what is left of the Royal Clarence
Hotel will be demolished allost certainly tomorrow. The owndrs have
vowed to restore it. There will be more on the effects of the fire on
Inside Out in half an hour but we will leave you with a look back at
how the fire started and its consequences. Good night.
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