THE owner of a popular Indian restaurant near Malmesbury has spoken out after half the venue was destroyed by a fire.

Seven fire crews were called to The Bridge Indian Restaurant and Takeaway in Sherston after flames spread to its roof on Tuesday, April 9.

The devastated restaurant team has described the incident as 'sad and traumatic' and have thanked the community for their unwavering support during this difficult period.

They are currently awaiting for the outcome of their insurance company's investigation which will guide future building and repair work.

A spokesperson for the Indian restaurant said: "It’s a sad and traumatic moment for us.

"Our insurance company is aware of the incident and is undertaking an investigation.

"It is a step by step process and so far we are still on the first page.

"We are waiting for the outcome and guidelines about building and repair work. 

"The support from our neighbours has always been our strength. 

"We want to thank them all.

"Please keep us in your prayers."

In total, 13 firefighters attended the incident from seven stations, with the Easton B4040 road closed while the ‘well-developed’ blaze was tackled with four water jets.

One person was taken to hospital after inhaling smoke, but there were no other injuries. 

A spokesperson from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service: “50 per cent of the building, including the roof, was destroyed by the fire.

"The fire was extinguished using 13 breathing apparatus wearers, two main jets and two hose reel jets. 

“Everyone in the building was out safely when we arrived, although one person did go to hospital for checks after suffering smoke inhalation. 

“An investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway."