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Chimney fire interrupts Saturday lunch at The Marlborough

Lunchtime on Saturday (February 20) in the High Street was even more chaotic than usual - heavy smoke was clearing from a chimney fire at The Marlborough.  

It was pouring with rain, finding a parking place had become some sort of game of chicken and two fire tenders were parked at the bottom of Hyde Lane - which was closed to traffic.

There is, of course, no smoke without fire - and there was a lot of smoke until the high winds dispersed it.  At one time fire crews were at the scene from Swindon, Stratton and Reading - including an aerial hoist.  

The fire was quickly put out, but making sure the wind did not whip the flames up again, the tenders stood by for a long time.  There were no injuries.

Why had such a fire needed so many tenders?  "We always send at least two tenders to a fire of this sort in an old and historic building  - just in case."  And he had come from Swindon.

He looked hard at the offending chimney and decided he had attended a fire in the same chimney a few years earlier.  He was right.  In January 2013 fire tenders were called to The Sun (as it then was) for a chimney fire.  And that had been their second visit to the pub in a fortnight.

Half-an-hour before crews were called to Marlborough High Street, Marlborough's fire crew had been sent to a chimney fire in Milton Lilbourne - this was successfully extinguished with chimney rods and a stirrup pump.

 

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