St Albans pub manager praises firefighters after chimney blaze

A fire broke out in the engine compartment of a car in Smallford.

A fire broke out in the engine compartment of a car in Smallford. - Credit: Archant

St Albans firefighters will be treated to a free pub lunch after coming to the rescue when a chimney fire broke out yesterday.

A fire crew from St Albans was called shortly before 5.15pm - during the England V Wales rugby match- to Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in Abbey Mill Lane.

Manager Martin Robinson said: “All of a sudden the chef ran in and said there were flames coming out of the top of the chimney.”

Staff threw a couple of buckets of water over the fire and firefighters arrived swiftly.

Mr Robinson said: “There was no damage so we were very lucky.

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“The staff here were on hand immediately.

“The firefighters were here in under five minutes. They lovely, charming. We’re treating them all to dinner.

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“It should be quite fun.”

Firefighters had dealt with the blaze within about an hour. The pub is open for business as usual today.

*The St Albans crew was called out again shortly after 6.40pm to a domestic address in St Albans.

They received reports of a freezer possibly leaking refrigerant at a home in Sanders Place.

On arrival they found this to be a ‘false alarm with good intent’.

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