Fryers cause fire in historic Bury St Edmunds pub

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Fire crews have extinguished a blaze at the historic Queen’s Head pub, in Bury St Edmunds.

Crews were called to the pub, in Churchgate Street, at 2.54pm.

The fire, which was contained in the kitchen at the rear of the pub, caused severe damage to the kitchen and smoke damage to the rest of the building.

Mark Nicolson, who has been landlord of the pub for 10 years, said: “One of the fryers ignited we were unable to stifle the fire and put it out ourselves when the second fryer caught fire and we had to evacuate the building.”

Eight customers and four staff were evacuated from the pub.

Mr Nicholson said the fryers had not been used during the lunch service and were being heated up having recently been serviced when the fire ignited.

About 20 fire fighters from Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket are now working to ventilate and secure the property.

Churchgate Street has been closed to traffic from all directions.