A Malvern pub will be closed for some time as clean up work gets underway following a devastating fire.

Staff and guests at The Bluebell Inn managed to escape the pub unscathed as a fire took hold on Tuesday evening (June 21).

Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze, which started on the ground floor and spread to the roof space.

In a Facebook post by The Bluebell’s owners, staff were praised for not only evacuating guests but for their “swift actions”, which are credited with having saved a listed part of the building.

Staff told the Worcester News they appreciated all the messages of support from the community but are now politely asking people to stay away from the pub as they tackle the daunting task of cleaning up and assessing the damage.

Malvern Gazette: Fire crews outside the pub on Tuesday eveningFire crews outside the pub on Tuesday evening

“The damage is pretty bad but it’s confined to the new part of the building that’s about 15 years old,” they said.

“The listed parts were untouched. We’re grateful that this is what we have to worry about because everyone got out safely.”

The Bluebell, in Guarlford Road, remains closed “until further notice”, with the pub’s management saying building work and refurbishment of the damage will begin “very swiftly”.

Pub fire shocks Malvern community

Members of the public have spoken of their shock following the fire, with many taking to social media to express their sadness, as well as their relief that no-one was hurt.

One Facebook commenter said: “So sorry to hear your sad news, but we will be back as soon as you are open again. So glad no-one was hurt and best wishes to you all. Well done fire brigade, too.”

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Another commented: “Shocked and saddened by the news. The last thing anyone in our industry needed. Saving grace that no-one was hurt.

“Hope the damage isn’t too bad. You will be back better and stronger.

“I’m confident the wonderful people of Malvern will be lining up to show their support to get you back on your feet when you’re up and running.”

The pub has changed its Facebook profile picture to a message saying ‘New look pub coming soon’, prompting another user to praise them for “dealing with a dreadful experience so effectively and positively”.