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Haverhill fire was ‘less dramatic than it looked’

Flames take hold of the Rose & Crown pub in Haverhill on Friday night (July 25) ANL-140728-100005005

Flames take hold of the Rose & Crown pub in Haverhill on Friday night (July 25) ANL-140728-100005005

 

A fire that broke out at the Rose & Crown Hotel in Haverhill late on Friday (July 25) evening proved to be far less dramatic than it at first appeared.

The fire broke out at the Withersfield Road pub and hotel just after 9pm and was soon being tackled by a total of six fire appliances, which came from Haverhill (two), Clare, Linton, Ixworth and Cambridge.

The flames were made all the bigger after some dry ivy on the building acted as an accelerant for the fire, but having arrived at the scene the firefighters had it out within minutes.

After checking the roof space to ensure there were no secondary issues the firefighters officially had the incident under control at 10.08pm, according to their records.

The first floor room outside which the ivy caught fire was not occupied at the time.

One of the inn’s management team, who didn’t want to be named, told the Echo it was possible that the ivy had grown into the external light on the building and with it being so dry because of the hot weather had caught alight.

He added: “It is superficial damage. We are open as usual, nobody got hurt and it’s not dramatic, although it looked dramatic.”

The customers in the pub were evacuated for about an hour and a half, but were back in the bar again at 10.30 and the live band resumed playing at 10.45pm.

All the guests occupying the rooms were all out at the time of the fire.

The member of management added: “Apart from about an hour and a half there was no disruption to the business at all.”

 

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