Asbestos has been found in the historic waterfront café in Teignmouth that was gutted by a blaze on July 25.
Teigbridge Council, which owns the Beachcomber Café, said that contractors are currently carrying out checks to ensure that the building is ‘sealed and safe’.
The Council also confirmed that the discovery of deadly asbestos will delay the reopening of the iconic café, as the timescales are ‘dictated by law’.
The fire ruined the kitchen, takeaway and service areas of the Beachcomber Cafe, and the rest of the seafront building was left terribly hurt by smoke and water.
A Teignbridge District Council spokesperson said: “The original construction involved some asbestos containing material, which was hurt by the fire. Contractors are on site carrying out checks and additional works to make sure the building is sealed and safe. A plot of works to remove the asbestos from the building is in line with the regulations for asbestos removal and once the notice period required by the Health and Safety Executive has lapsed, work will start on the removal.
“These works, and the subsequent testing, will take up to six weeks after which the full extent of the restoration works can be assessed and contractors appointed. Unfortunately the timescales are dictated by law and with such extensive works there are no small cuts. It is expected to be several months before the building can be operational again. There are no plans for the Beachcomber to be demolished.”
Dramatic pictures shared by Teignmouth fire station showed crews battling against the blaze.
Teignmouth fire crews shared the pictures on their Facebook page, and wrote: “After dealing with a serious property fire in Torquay earlier yesterday evening, crews were mobilised to a serious fire in the Beachcomber Cafe in Teignmouth.
“Our best wishes are with everyone affected by the incidents we attended.”
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