A Post Office devastated by a "major fire" has temporarily closed after no replacement location could be found.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue service sent three engines to the blaze at The Pond Post Office in The Parade, Watford, at 4.20am on April 7.

Although it was initially described as a “small fire”, the flats above were evacuated and the severity of the damage has forced the building to remain shut.

A Post Office spokesperson said: “Regrettably The Pond Post Office is temporarily closed after a major fire at the store on Friday 7 April.

“We are supporting the postmaster. The extent of the damage is still being assessed. It is not yet known when the branch can reopen.

“We have explored the possibility of a temporary location, however, there are no suitable premises.

Watford Observer: The Pond Post OfficeThe Pond Post Office (Image: Stephen Danzig)

“There are nearby branches at Vicarage Road, North Watford and Watford, which are all within a mile of The Pond Post Office.”

Pictures taken later on the day of the fire showed damage inside, a smashed glass door, and debris.

Watford Observer: The Pond Post Office signThe Pond Post Office sign (Image: Stephen Danzig)

Herts Fire and Rescue were able to dampen down the flames and completely put them out by 6.20am.

“A fire investigation follow up was carried out as standard and the incident closed,” a spokesperson added.

The investigation concluded that it was an electrical fire.