Drone footage has revealed the extent of damage done to England's "oldest hotel" by a huge fire.
Firefighters have extinguished the blaze at the 300-year-old Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter but some "hotspots" remain.
The fire started on Friday in an art gallery in the centre of the city and quickly spread to the 18th century coaching inn after being fuelled by a ruptured gas main.
Gerald Taylor, sector commander for Devon and Somerset Police, told Sky News the cause of the fire is still unknown.
"The community of Exeter and beyond have got huge affection for the Royal Clarence Hotel and the all the area around it... so we can understand why people would feel emotionally upset by what has happened," he said.
Structural engineers have been discussing how to demolish parts of the hotel after flames gutted the interior and left the frontage on the brink of collapse.
The Bishop of Exeter praised the "heroic" efforts of the firefighters who he said had worked "overboard" to protect buildings on Exeter's Cathedral Green.
He said: "I saw tins of Quality Street being passed through to the firemen that people had brought in, and boxes of biscuits, and a local baker had sent in some cakes and stuff just to keep the people going.
People were "passing them up through the lines trying small tangible ways to say thank you so much for what you are doing for our city".
He said he was "pretty convinced the whole frontage is going to collapse", but said he hoped the fascia would be rebuilt.
"All the historic stuff inside has gone, you can't replace it, but at least I hope and pray that they rebuild the frontage as it was because it deserves to be there because that's what will preserve at least the veneer of the architectural continuity on the Cathedral Green," he said.
The inn, which is now called the Abode Hotel and is part of the Andrew Brownsword group, was built within the precincts of Roman Exeter and survived the 1942 Blitz, according to University of Exeter historian Dr Todd Gray.
He said the destruction was "devastating" and added: "We have so little left and hopefully the fire will be contained and not spread further."
Dr Gray added: "For 2,000 years this area has been the focus of the city's religious and commercial life.
"The ground and first floors of the hotel are medieval and the upper floors were added in the late 1700s when the building was renamed a hotel.
"It has been long known as the first inn in England to rebrand itself in this way."
All those staying in the hotel were safely evacuated, while residents have been asked to consider their travel arrangements around the city centre as road closures remain in place.