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Landlord of Wendover pub heartbroken after fire

Landlord of Wendover pub heartbroken after fire

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:50am 8th August 2019. (Updated at 7:49am 8th August 2019)

Early on Monday morning the landlords of a Wendover pub were woken up to the news they never wanted to hear.

Around 40 firefighters were called to the Village Gate after it had caught fire.

Landlord, Nigel Playford, told Mix96 it's completely heartbreaking to see all their hard work destroyed.

"It was very numbing and very surreal to see all the fire brigade there.

"And then it's just the pure sadness of all the hard work everyone has put in, the whole team there, just gone.

"The main pub part of the building is completely gutted.

"I had a lot of family and friends help me turn that pub from what was in quite a bad state when we took over, to make it look as well as it did.

"To see it all melted and destroyed was absolutely mortifying really."

"Thank you"

Village Gate fire
The fire started at around 3am on Monday morning (5th Aug)

Nigel has thanked everyone for all their love and support, who have made this week a bit more bearable for them:

"We've had so much support from regulars, locals around the village, surrounding areas and local businesses.

"It has been amazing, because you don't realise when you're working so hard how people do feel about what you're doing at the pub until something like this happens.

"Then we realise that we were doing it right."

"Insurance job"

Village Gate fire
The back of the pub and the inside is completely destroyed

But, Nigel told us it's hard to hear people blaming them for what happened and saying it was an "insurance job".

"To be honest it's sickening.

"Myself and my team, we've all worked hard there.

"I mean I worked 80 hours a week building the place up - it was a joy to go to work and now we have nothing.

"It's just destroying for us to think that people would think we would do it."

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