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The Star Inn at Harome: Michelin-starred restaurant 'reduced to ashes' The Star Inn at Harome: Michelin-starred restaurant 'reduced to ashes'
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The building's thatched roof caught fire, with firefighters using an aerial ladder platform The building's thatched roof was "perfect" fuel for a fire, said chef Andrew Pern
A Michelin-starred restaurant in North Yorkshire has been "reduced to ashes" after a fire overnight. A Michelin-starred restaurant in a 14th Century building has been "reduced to ashes" after its thatched roof caught fire
Firefighters were called to The Star Inn at Harome, near Helmsley, at about 22:15 GMT on Wednesday, with the thatched roof on fire. Chef Andrew Pern said he was called on Wednesday night and told The Star Inn at Harome, near Helmsley, North Yorkshire, was ablaze.
North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said 45 firefighters were tackling the blaze at its height, with all occupants safely out when crews arrived. He said its straw roof was "perfect" fuel for a fire, and the building "didn't stand a chance" once it had taken hold.
As of 07:30, seven fire engines remain at the scene. Firefighters remain at the scene.
The building, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, caught fire shortly after 22:00 GMT.
At its height, 45 firefighters tackled the blaze, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said, adding that all occupants had safely left when crews arrived.
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The building dates back to the 14th Century and is situated on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Speaking to BBC Radio York, Mr Pern said the building's frame had "just about gone".
Posting on Twitter, the restaurant said: "It's been a long night so far…..I'm afraid we won't be open for a while as we are reduced to ashes with The Star on fire and still burning".
Chef and patron Andrew Pern took on the restaurant in 1996, with its food described as 'modern Yorkshire' and made from "locally-sourced seasonal ingredients such as local game, North Sea fish and fresh herbs from its own kitchen garden".
Speaking on BBC Radio York, Mr Pern said he was called on Wednesday night and told "the thatch was on fire".
"The crook frame has just about gone, [the roof] is probably three or four feet deep of straw so if you're a fire it's perfect," he said."The crook frame has just about gone, [the roof] is probably three or four feet deep of straw so if you're a fire it's perfect," he said.
"It's one of those risks that comes with a thatched property, once it took a grip it didn't really stand a chance.""It's one of those risks that comes with a thatched property, once it took a grip it didn't really stand a chance."
A post on the restaurant's Twitter account added: "We won't be open for a while as we are reduced to ashes with The Star on fire and still burning".
Mr Pern took on the restaurant in 1996, serving "modern Yorkshire" dishes made from "locally sourced seasonal ingredients".
The Star Inn, which Andrew Pern took on 25 years ago, also has 13 rooms for overnight stays
The restaurant is described in the Michelin Guide as "oozing character with its low beamed ceilings".
"While the restaurant side has a plush, luxurious feel, it's still very much the village local and you'll find the regulars supping on a pint of bespoke Two Chefs beer in the characterful bar," it reads.
Fellow Michelin-starred Chef Tommy Banks, who owns the nearby Black Swan at Oldstead, said news of the fire was "devastating".
"Our thoughts are with you Andrew and the whole team," he wrote in a tweet.
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