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Tap & Run: Fire ‘hurts right now’ but Stuart Broad vows to ‘come out the other side’

Nottinghamshire and England cricketer Stuart Broad has spoken out about the devastating fire at the pub he co-owns in Upper Broughton.

Stuart, who has been playing against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, issued an update to his followers on social media on Saturday evening.

Thinking of our awesome staff today, every single person there has created a special pub for the community. Stuart Broad

Harry Gurney and Stuart Broad inside the Tap & Run on launch day in 2018. Photo: Tim Williams.

It read: “I couldn’t believe the news this morning. Not sure I still can.

Our wonderful Pub @tapandruncw caught fire in the early hours.

Thankfully no one was hurt, the Nottinghamshire Fire Service were incredible in their efforts & thank you to the villagers for the wonderful support & sorry for the disruption.

Main Road in Upper Broughton was closed while emergency services dealt with the situation. Photo: NEMM

Thinking of our awesome staff today, every single person there has created a special pub for the community. It hurts right now but we will come out the other side @gurneyhf @AvrilGurney”

Firefighters battled through the morning to try and save the building. Photo: NEMM

Stuart’s pub company Cat & Wickets took over the pub in 2018 alongside ex-cricketer Harry Gurney and friend Dan Cramp. It had recently been included as one of the best Sunday Dinners in the country according to The Times.

Flames engulf the building on Saturday. Photo: Tap&Run/Twitter

Stuart‘s fiancée, BBC Radio 1’s Mollie King updated her Instagram followers on Saturday too sharing her support for the team.

Mollie’s post, sent on her story read: “Heartbroken for @stuartbroad, @harrygurney, and all the team at @tapandruncw. I know how much love and hard work you've all put into this incredible pub, it holds so many memories close to my heart. Thank you for everyone's well wishes and support, it means the world, I will definitely pass those onto @stuartbroad and the team. It is such a huge relief that no one has been hurt in the fire. A massive thank you has to go to the fire service. @tapandruncw you have always welcomed your customers with such love and open arms, we are all here to support you and see you come back stronger than ever.”

The Tap & Run is very popular within the community. Photo: Tim Williams.

Crews from Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire were called to the pub on Saturday morning just after 03:20 to reports of a fire.

The roof has been destroyed by the blaze which the fire service say was an accident. Photo: NEMM

Jonathan Wilson from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, said: “We were mobilised to this building fire and we had eight appliances here and an aerial ladder platform.

“Swift action by the crews has contained the fire to the building but the building is quite badly damaged."

The pub has been severely damaged by the fire which started early on Saturday morning. Photo: NEMM

An aerial ladder platform was needed to help with the blaze. Photo: NEMM

Eight fire engines rushed to the scene and firefighters worked throughout the early hours to bring the fire under control.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said a fire in the roof has caused "severe damage" to the property, with an aerial ladder platform needed to help put out the flames.

A major incident was declared by the fire service while dealing with the emergency. Photo: NEMM

A statement on the pub's website said the venue would not be trading "for the foreseeable future".

An initial report by the Fire Service suggested the cause was accidental. No one was injured in the blaze which closed the main road through the village for most of the day.

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