Staff at a Bude café have vowed to “come back stronger” after a late-night fire damaged their building.

Fire crews from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were called shortly before 10pm on Wednesday, January 4, to multiple reports of smoke at Rosie’s Kitchen, on Crooklets Road.

Using a hose reel jet, a thermal imaging camera and breathing apparatus, the crews from Bude, Holsworthy and Hartland fire stations were able to control the blaze at the rear of the building.

A spokesperson for Cornwall and Fire Rescue Service said: “The Critical Control Centre received multiple 999 calls for smoke seen in the area of Crooklets Road. Two appliances from Bude, one appliance from Holsworthy and a Wholetime Officer were mobilised.

Firefighters booked in attendance and confirmed one building alight, make appliances four. Critical Control mobilised the next nearest appliance from Hartland.

“Firefighters are using one Hose Reel Jet, one Thermal Imaging Camera and four Breathing Apparatus.”

In a statement, the owners and staff of the café have said they’ve got a big clean-up operation on their hands.

They wrote: “Hello everyone, as most of you probably know we have had quite a large fire at the café this evening (January 4). The fire crews of Bude and beyond have done an outstanding job and have kept the fire to a contained area at the rear of the building.

“The building is no longer at risk, and we just have one hell of a clean-up operation on our hands. When we have the report from the firefighters we will know more about where and how the fire started.

“We will be closed tomorrow (January 5) to assess the damage and make a plan of action to get back open. Thank you for all your kind words and sympathies, but we will come back stronger, like we always do.”