Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage destroyed by fire!

by Lynn Connolly

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Park Farm, which of course features on hit Channel 4 show, River Cottage, has been decimated by a fire.

According to the Sun, the blaze broke out last night around 10pm, but luckily, none of the show’s staff were on site. Hugh has yet to see the damage as he is away filming.

The paper reports, “Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said eight fire engines and 80 firefighters attended the farm after receiving calls to a commercial kitchen on fire.

“The fire was brought under control after nearly three hours and there were no injuries.”

A spokesman for River Cottage said, “Late last night a serious fire severely damaged the main barn at River Cottage Park Farm headquarters in Axminster…

“Thankfully, no people, or animals, were hurt.

“The River Cottage team are dealing with the damage today and are shocked and upset.

“Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is away on a long-distance filming trip and will be informed as soon as he can be contacted.

“The River Cottage team would like to say a big thank-you to the fire brigade, who were on the scene quickly and worked hard to contain the fire.”

A spokesman for the fire service added, “We received calls to a commercial kitchen on fire.

“One fire appliance from Colyton and one fire appliance from Axminster attended with Watch Commander Richards in charge.

“Upon arrival, fire crews requested a further three fire appliances from Seaton, Lyme Regis in Dorset, and Honiton; a compressed air foam systems appliance from Chard in Somerset; together with the incident support unit and a supporting appliance from Exmouth and the water bowser from Danes Castle, Exeter.

“A hazardous materials and environmental pollution officer and fire investigation officer was also mobilised to this incident.

“The single-storey building was well alight, measuring 30 metres by six metres, used as a commercial kitchen.”

The River Cottage Canteen and Deli at Axminster was unaffected and will be open today, but the cookery school courses at Park Farm will not be running for now.

A spokesman said, “Anyone booked on a course will be contacted by the River Cottage events team as soon as possible,” a spokesman said.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.