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  • 01-05-2017 13:38:36

We are very sad here at What 2 Do – Where 2 Go today, after hearing of the news that The Magpie Café, Whitby suffered from a major fire last night.

Fire-fighters were called out to The Magpie Café late last night where eight fire engines and an aerial ladder platform were used to extinguish the fire. The road outside the infamous café was closed throughout the incident.

A fire brigade spokesman said a fire investigation officer had attended the scene and added:

"There were no injuries. The definitive reason for the fire has not been established."

There has also been a comment by The Magpie Café on their twitter as they tweeted to announce:

“LATEST: Everyone is okay and no-one was hurt. Thank you @NorthYorksFire for your help. We're down there now, surveying the damage. Once we know more we'll issue a statement but in the meantime, thank you all for your kind wishes and support. It is much appreciated.”

It has yet to be confirmed, the extent of the damage, however a local resident who had witnessed the fire, stated that:

"The damage does look pretty extensive with firemen on the roof removing the roof itself at midnight."

The renowned fish & chip shop is famous throughout Whitby, with visitors from all over coming to the visit the distinctive black and white building overlooking the harbour in the historic port of Whitby. The dining room commands excellent views of the harbour, Abbey and St. Mary's Church.

The Magpie Café has a long association with fishing and the shipping industry. It was built in 1750 as a Merchants House and during its history was owned by a member of the Scoresby whaling family and was for a time the pilotage where the pilots would wait for orders to bring vessels into the harbour.

The building later became Harrowings shipping office and it is from that time the magpie ghost albert is reputed to have originated. The premises were converted into a café in approximately 1939.

Sending our best wishes to The Magpie Café and here’s hoping to a speedy recovery. More information can be found at: http://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/news-events/breaking-news/press_release_fire_on_pier_road_whitby

We shall keep everybody posted as to when they will be re-opening.




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