Blaze in pub’s cellar caused by tumble dryer

AT THE SCENE Firefighters at The Crown Inn in Bishop's Waltham
AT THE SCENE Firefighters at The Crown Inn in Bishop's Waltham
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SEVEN people were treated for smoke inhalation after fire broke out at a Bishop’s Waltham pub.

The blaze broke out in the beer cellar and general storage area of The Crown Inn pub, in St George’s Square.

But thanks to extensive renovation work, it was contained in the one room.

Early fire investigations have found the cause to be a tumble dryer.

The fire broke out at 11.09am yesterday.

Six staff members were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, while a seventh, the pub’s chef, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham. They were released on the same day.

In total 16 firefighters from, Bishop’s Waltham, Botley, and Wickham, tackled the fire.

Watch manager Ady Smith said: ‘We got a call shortly after 11am and went to the pub to find a well-developed fire in the basement.

‘It was in the beer cellar and general storage area.

‘We evacuated the building and firefighters put out the blaze. Early investigations show the fire started from the tumble dryer, but investigations are still on-going.

‘It was difficult to access the room.

‘But it was an old building with modern refurbishment.

‘Because of this high quality, it stopped the fire spreading any further and causing more damage.’

Guests in the pub’s inn were evacuated. There were no customers inside.

The pub remained closed yesterday, and now assessments are taking place to see when it can be reopened.

Stephen Ramos, acting operations manager for the pub, said: ‘Our chef was taken to hospital to be checked over, but he was released the same day.

‘We would like to thank the fire service for their quick action and arriving here promptly.’