Dartmouth Fire 'Not Suspicious.'

Dartmouth shopkeepers say the huge fire which affected 8 shops and 15 flats will hit the town hard this summer.

It started in a fish and chip shop on Friday afternoon and spread through the timber framed buildings, with hundreds of shoppers and residents watching it all unfold.

Among the buildings destroyed in Fairfax Place were 16th Century Tudor buildings with English Heritage Grade I and Grade II* listed status.

The area is cordoned off as structural experts assess safety and the future of some of the buildings.

Patrol Sergeant Andy Woodward

Many of the shops and flats were not actually affected by the fire itself but have suffered severe water damage as fire crews pumped gallons into the whole area to douse the flames.

Emergency services set up food and drink tents and crews worked through the night damping down.

Group Manager Ray Harris

Devon and Somerset Fire Service station manager Andy Rowse said forensic investigators had established the fire was not suspicious and an electrical fault was "likely" to have been responsible.

Below are some photographs sent in by freelance photographer Phil Scoble and Heart's Steph Wright who captured the morning after the fire.

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