Pub blaze in Worsthorne 'caused by lights'

First published in Worsthorne Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

A FIRE caused damage to the inside of a pub the day before it was due to close for refurbishments.

Fire crews were called to the Crooked Billet, in Smith Street, Worsthorne, at 4.40pm yesterday.

The blaze started after the lights of the venue were turned on in the afternoon ahead of the pub opening in the evening.

Watch manager Steve Harrison said: "The landlady had turned the lights on and there has either been a fault in the electrics, or one of the hot light bulbs has touched a curtain. We cannot be certain which one of those it was."

The landlady hadn't noticed the fire, which was in the main bar area, and was alerted by a passerby, Mr Harrison said.

He said: "It has damaged quite a bit of the main bar area like tables and benches, as well as curtains and decorations.

"It could have been a lot worse though but because doors were shut it stopped it spreading."

The pub is to be closed from today for two weeks for a refurbishment.

Three police patrol cars also attended the scene to cordon off the narrow street, which was re-opened again after around an hour.

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8:53pm Mon 27 Feb 12

maggie-T says...

She probably didn't notice as she's always stood outside havin a fag
She probably didn't notice as she's always stood outside havin a fag maggie-T
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5:55pm Tue 28 Feb 12

dr matthews says...

Yes, she likes a fag.
Very strange the day after the pub closes for a few weeks for a refurb,then all of a sudden theres a fire??
I have lived in the village for 55 years and never none of a fire before at this pub,how strange!
I bet they are insured though!
Yes, she likes a fag. Very strange the day after the pub closes for a few weeks for a refurb,then all of a sudden theres a fire?? I have lived in the village for 55 years and never none of a fire before at this pub,how strange! I bet they are insured though! dr matthews
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11:56am Fri 9 Mar 12

friends10 says...

How nasty and malicious can you be ??!! Arent we lucky that they have bought this pub, spending a lot of money on it to keep the tradition so we dont lose it and it ends up being a boarded up building or Indian takeaway !!! oh and if you knew them you would know that NO insurance has been claimed and they are paying for the damage themselves...!!!
How nasty and malicious can you be ??!! Arent we lucky that they have bought this pub, spending a lot of money on it to keep the tradition so we dont lose it and it ends up being a boarded up building or Indian takeaway !!! oh and if you knew them you would know that NO insurance has been claimed and they are paying for the damage themselves...!!! friends10
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12:00pm Fri 9 Mar 12

friends10 says...

They need support not horrible people like yourselves !!!
They need support not horrible people like yourselves !!! friends10
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