A blaze has ripped through an iconic cafe which sits at one of Cumbria's highest points.

New images show the walls are all that appear to remain of the Hartside Cafe, which sits at the top of the A686 Hartside Pass, near Alston.

Firefighters from Alston, Brampton and Penrith spent several hours at the scene tackling the blaze.

Despite the upsetting scene of devastation, the fire service confirmed that no-one was hurt.

It was confirmed there was a total roof collapse.

An investigation is now underway to establish what happened at the cafe.

Crews from Alston, Brampton and Penrith were called to the scene on the A686, about 1,904ft above sea level.

The team from Penrith had to follow a snowplough along the A686 to safely reach the scene after last week's heavy snowfall.

An update given to fire service leaders stated that the fire was "well alight on arrival".

The fire service was alerted to the blaze at 2.21pm yesterday.

The News & Star was told that firefighters used hose reel jets to help cool an LPG cylinder and dampen down the area.

At 4.20pm a spokesman for the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service stated that the incident was ongoing with confirmation just after 5pm that the blaze was out.

The fire happened as work continued to reach the county's most isolated communities, which have been cut off for days by snow.

An SOS call was made on Sunday by Cumbria County Council asking the Government to sanction military intervention as the situation grew ever-worse.

Royal Marines in a Chinook helicopter were drafted in to help distribute emergency supplies - such as food, fuel and medicine - in areas including Alston.

The popular cafe is situated at the top of the Hartside Pass, which is closed because of the atrocious conditions.

The road is usually a popular route with its breathtaking views across the Eden Valley over to the Lake District. It runs between Alston and Penrith.