An Oxfordshire restaurant that won two Michelin stars for its food has been destroyed by a fire.
The Faveragh fire brigade in the county’s South Oxfordshire district said Tuesday that the single-storey building was “completely alight,” and that two crews and a power unit had been sent to tackle the blaze.
Fire service spokeswoman Olivia Robins said Monday that firefighters were “working hard to save the building” after a blaze broke out during a power cut for a car in the restaurant, which serves as an art gallery and museum. The Gazette reports that police, ambulance and firefighters were called to the scene Monday afternoon.
It is the second time in the last five years that the Oxpens gallery has caught fire.
The late Isabel Humphreys, an associate curator at the Tate Britain, was director of Oxpens from 2005 until her death in May 2009.
The fire has caused “major damage” to the building, fire officers said.
Earlier this month, the French publication L’Express named the restaurant one of seven Michelin-starred restaurants still open in Britain, stating that “the extraordinary gastronomy of L’Orangerie guarantees it will always be one of Oxfordshire’s treasures.”