Aftermath of fire which wrecked historic pub near Gatwick

This is the aftermath of a fire which wrecked an historic pub near Gatwick on Tuesday.

Thursday, 30th May 2019, 11:24 am
Aftermath of the fire at Ye Olde Six Bells in Horley SUS-190530-100722001

Customers and staff were evacuated after the blaze broke out at Ye Olde Six Bells in Horley - next to the town’s St Bartholomew’s Church - just after 7.30pm.

Around 20 firefighters battled for around three hours to extinguish the flames. The roof of the 700-year-old building - reputed to be the second oldest pub in the country - has been destroyed and the first floor has been left damaged.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is still being carried out.

The roof of Ye Olde Six Bells in Horley was destroyed in the fire SUS-190530-100734001

Meanwhile a crowdfunding appeal launched to help the pub landlord’s family - said to have ‘lost everything’ - has so far raised more than £1,100.

See https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helpfordesire2dancestudent?fbclid=IwAR3w9CE7VK5BUr0sm-BIjEFtyyvT1sC-Uk57LUcwaj8f01OLfGDri8BdY-4