Firefighters were called to a fire in a Richmond pub this morning.
The blaze at the Castle Tavern in the Market Place was reported at about 1.15am
Crews from Richmond, Colburn and Leyburn were called to the incident.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was behind a fireplace.
Crews arrived to find the five-storey building had been evacuated and guests were stood outside.
The ground floor was heavily smoke logged.
A fire service spokesperson said smoke detectors were fitted, activated and had raised the alarm, allowing eight people to be evacuated from the property prior to the arrival of the fire service.
“The incident commander committed two fire fighters in breathing apparatus to tackle the small fire which was behind the fire place with a hose reel.
“Fire damage was caused on the carpet and surrounding area.
“A positive pressure fan was then used to ventilate the property with further properties checked for fire/smoke spread.”
Small tools were used to dismantle the fire place.
The cause was accidental.