A MAIN route through Bury St Edmunds was closed in tonight’s rush hour while fire crews tackled a chimney fire in a pub.
Staff and early evening customers were evacuated from the historic Dog and Partridge pub in Crown Street after back pressure from the chimney fire pushed smoke into the bars.
Police closed the street, part of the one way system around the Greene King brewery, which was blocked for about an hour by three fire appliances from Bury, including a turntable ladder.
Fire crew commander Frankie Abbott said: “Due to the age of the building you have a complicated roof system and there were a lot of sparks coming from the chimney, so we had to gain access to the roof and check from above with the turntable ladder to make sure the sparks hadn’t gone anywhere dangerous. That’s what took us the time.”
The pub management were unable to comment tonight.