The Royal Clarence Hotel, located on the Cathedral green in the city of Exeter, Devon, in the U.K. has been gutted by a fire. The fire began early Friday morning in an nearby art gallery and spread to the hotel. A natural gas line ruptured and fed the flames. Thankfully no one has been hurt.

The hotel was built in 1769. It survived the Exeter blitz in the spring of 1942 when the Nazis bombed the city, including the Cathedral. At the time the Nazis boasted that in bombing Exeter they had “destroyed the jewel of the west”.

We went to Exeter on a trip to the UK about 4 years ago, and the centre of the city is lovely. So terribly sad to hear about this.