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Ye Olde Hob Inn ‘structurally sound’ despite thatched roof fire

Posted on - 27th September, 2018 - 9:27am | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Preston News
A firefighter tackling the fire in the thatch Pic: Dave Bennion
A firefighter tackling the fire in the thatch Pic: Dave Bennion

A damage update has been given after a fire ripped through a historic Bamber Bridge pub on Wednesday afternoon.

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service sent six crews to Ye Olde Hob Inn at Church Road around 3.30pm.

Around a quarter of the thatched roof of the pub was on fire when they arrived.

More than 30 firefighters tackled the blaze and managed to prevent the fire spreading.

Fog spikes were used to extinguish the fire in the thatch.

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

A spokesman for the fire service said: “These are a hollow steel rod blocked at one end but with radial holes in the end half-metre.

“Connected up to a hose, it sprays water out of the holes and dowses whatever fire is in the substance, like the thatch, it’s thrust into.”

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

The pub has some interior damage due to water use but the fire service said structurally the building, which is grade-II listed and dates back to 1616 as a coaching inn, is still standing and the thatch can be replaced.

The fire service said they are continuing to investigate how the fire started.

Read more: RBS to close branch in Bamber Bridge

Head chef at the pub Samantha Hambleton told Blog Preston: “We are devastated by today’s events, it affects locals, trades people and family’s.

“We hope to open again as usual once the investigation has finished from the fire service.

“It started as a very small fire. We have a log fire and it escalated up through the chimney.”

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