Restoration of fire-hit Pandora Inn in Cornwall begins

Pandora Inn under wraps
Image caption The gutted building has been kept under wraps to protect the Pandora Inn from the elements

Work has begun on rebuilding one of Cornwall's most famous pubs after it was destroyed in a fire.

The 13th Century Pandora Inn, on the River Fal at Mylor, caught fire in March. The blaze was thought to have started in a chimney.

Since then, the gutted building has been kept under wraps to protect it from the elements.

The pub's owner, St Austell Brewery, said it hoped the work would be completed by March 2012.

Much of the work would have to be supervised by a historical architect, the brewery said.

Jeremy Mitchell, from the brewery, said: "With much woodwork dating back to the 13th Century, we need to keep as much of it as we can.

"The outside work finished by January and then there will be more inside work.

"By March 2012 we'll be bringing the Pandora back to the people of Cornwall."

More than 35 firefighters tackled the fire on 24 March. No-one was hurt in the incident.

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