Star Inn at Harome: Michelin star restaurant burns down

(CNN) – A Michelin-starred restaurant in northern England in a 14th-century building has been badly damaged after its thatched roof caught fire.

The Star Inn at Harome caught fire at 10.13 pm local time (5.13 pm ET) on Wednesday, according to the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The restaurant, which is located in the village of Harum in North Yorkshire, reported the incident on social media.

The building dates back to the 14th century.

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“We are devastated to let everyone know that there was a fire in our restaurant and bar all night long,” the restaurant wrote in a Facebook post, adding that “fortunately no one was hurt.”

The staff also posted on Twitter.

One says, “It’s been a long night so far…I’m afraid we won’t be open for a while because we’ve turned to ashes.” tweetWhich includes a short video clip of firefighters working to control the flames.

Firefighting teams from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services used nine fire trucks, an aerial ladder platform and other firefighting equipment, according to a statement.

“The fire that broke out in the thatched roof of the building caused severe damage to the roof and the roof,” she added.

“The crews worked hard to prevent the fire from spreading along the thatched roof, which meant saving one end of the roof and the ground floor from the fire.”

The service confirmed that all passengers were outside the property when the crews arrived. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Owner Andrew Byrne told BBC radio that the property “didn’t really have a chance” when the fire broke out.

“It means a lot,” Byrne said of the building as he struggled to hold back his tears.

Byrne said it will likely take about a year for the main dining area to reopen.

The Star Inn at Harome is located on the edge of North York Moors National Park. It received one star from the Michelin Guide, which praised the restaurant’s “luxurious and grandiose feel” along with the “distinctive bar” that feels like a local pub.

“This is a place that proudly defends its homeland,” says the guide, praising chef Steve Smith’s ability to use local ingredients “to create rich, bold and flavorful dishes with a classic base and modern inspirations.”

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