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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Malt Shovel Public House Fire

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has attended a severe fire at the Malt Shovel public house. Firefighters were called to the pub in Lower Lane, Chorley, Lichfield shortly before 5pm last night and remained at the scene throughout the night.

"The construction of the roof made it difficult for firefighters to gain access safely and tackle the fire...firefighters worked extremely hard to contain the fire and prevent it spreading."  

Rob Barber, Group Manager.

The building had been evacuated prior to the Fire Service’s arrival. 

Fire broke out in the kitchen area of the public house and spread to the roof space of a single storey extension at the rear of the building. 

Crews from Cannock, Brewood, two from Lichfield and the aerial ladder platform from Stafford attended initially and firefighters rescued a pet dog from first floor private accommodation in the old pub. 

At the height of the fire six firefighters in breathing apparatus fought the flames using two main jets and two hose reel jets. Firefighters working from an aerial ladder platform also stripped tiles from the roof and cut out joists to enable access to the roof space and a thermal imaging camera was used to check for signs of fire and hot spots. 

As the incident progressed, relief crews were sent from a number of other stations in the county.  

Group Manager Rob Barber said: “This was a severe fire involving a single storey extension containing a kitchen and restaurant. It was a complex incident due to the construction of the roof which made it difficult for firefighters to gain access safely and tackle the fire. 

“We had to cut away a large section of the roof to gain access and firefighters worked extremely hard to contain the fire and prevent it spreading from the extension to the old pub.”  

The incident was scaled down around 9pm, to two appliances and crews. One crew from Rugeley remained at the scene throughout the night to ensure there was no further outbreak of fire.

This morning, a crew from Cannock pumped water from the property’s cellar and damped down any hot spots at the scene.  

A Fire Investigation Officer visited the scene this morning and the cause of the blaze has been determined as accidental ignition.