Chip shop fire, Worcester
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) was alerted to the incident at 5.52pm and four fire engines (three from Worcester and one from Droitwich) were sent along to the Seacrest Fish Bar in London Road. Assessing the scale of the fire, extra resources were quickly requested and two further pumps (Malvern and Drotwich) were also mobilised.
The incident involved a fire in a frying range which had spread to the preparation area and store rooms at the chip shop. There was also heavy smoke logging in the hairdressers next door and in the flats above the premises.
The fire was quickly brought under control with eight firefighters in breathing apparatus, four hose reels and two covering jets used. While the stop message was given just after 9pm, crews continued to damp down and cut away to ensure there were no further outbreaks of fire and re-inspections were also carried out at regular intervals throughout the night.
Station Commander Dan Quinn from HWFRS said: “Crews worked extremely hard at this incident, bringing the fire under control in an hour and doing all that they could to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses.
“Thankfully staff at the chip shop evacuated safely and the occupants of the flats were not at home when the fire broke out.”
He confirmed that there was severe fire damage to the food preparation area and extensive heat and smoke damage throughout the chip shop. There was also some smoke damage in the hairdressers next door and in the living area above the premises.
The fire is believed to have started in the extraction system below the frying range.