Fire crews still at scene of huge Welling pub blaze

PUBLISHED: 14:20 31 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:20 31 August 2015



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Fire raged for almost four hours at Wetherspoon’s

ALMOST 100 firefighters are still at the scene of a blaze in a pub in Welling which broke out more than four hours ago.

Fifteen fire engines from stations across south-east London were called to Wetherspoon’s in Bellegrove Road after the fire started at around 9.25am.

Seven people had already fled the building and mercifully no-one was hurt, but around half the first floor and most of the roof was damaged.

The flames took almost four hours to bring under control and crews are expected to be damping down for some time.

Station manager Martin Freeman said: “Staff had a lucky escape as they heard the smoke alarm.

“Had they not had an early warning there could have been a very different outcome. I can’t stress how important smoke alarms are - you should have one on every floor of your property and test them regularly.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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