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Ye Olde Hob Inn at Bamber Bridge is on fire

Posted on - 26th September, 2018 - 5:02pm | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Preston News, Roads, Transport
A firefighter makes his way onto the roof of the Olde Hob Inn Pic: Dave Bennion
A firefighter makes his way onto the roof of the Olde Hob Inn Pic: Dave Bennion

A thatched pub in Bamber Bridge is on fire.

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has crews at Ye Olde Hob Inn.

The pub in Church Road had smoke coming from its roof, and a fire service spokeswoman has confirmed the fire was ‘within the roofspace’.

The fire started around 3.20pm on Wednesday (26 September).

Read more: Watch footage from the scene as Ye Olde Hob Inn fire is tackled

Six fire engines and an aerial ladder were deployed to control the flames.

A firefighter on the thatched roof Pic: Mark Wilson
A firefighter on the thatched roof Pic: Mark Wilson

Two thermal imaging cameras were also being used.

Residents were urged to avoid the area during the fire and Church Road was closed.

Read more: RBS to close in Bamber Bridge

Another view of the firefighters battling to control the blaze in the thatch Pic: Graham Robinson
Another view of the firefighters battling to control the blaze in the thatch Pic: Graham Robinson

Church Road is closed while the fire is dealt with and there’s heavy traffic in Station Road due to the emergency services presence.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said: “Crews have used fog spikes to help prevent the fire spreading.

“They are now working on removing areas of thatch that were involved in the fire.”

Firefighters on the scene at Ye Olde Hob Inn Pic: Shane King

Firefighters on the scene at Ye Olde Hob Inn Pic: Shane King

The fire was brought under control around 6.20pm on Wednesday.

Read more: Update from fire service on damage to Ye Olde Hob Inn

Pictures below, from Dave Bennion, show what the firefighters faced at the scene and them in action using some very old-fashioned implements.

A pike being used on the thatch Pic: Dave Bennion
A pike being used on the thatch Pic: Dave Bennion

A firefighter goes up to inspect the side of the pub Pic: Dave Bennion

A firefighter goes up to inspect the side of the pub Pic: Dave Bennion

The pub dates back to 1616, is grade-II listed and was originally a coaching inn.

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