UPDATED: Pub aims to re-open in next 24 hours after fire

Scene after the fire at the Coach and Horses in Kibworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Scene after the fire at the Coach and Horses in Kibworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The fire service has been called out to the Coach and Horses pub in Kibworth this afternoon (Friday).

The 999 emergency call first came in at 1.53pm, a fire control room operator told the Mail, after reports of a chip pan fire in the pub’s kitchen.

Scene after the fire at the Coach and Horses in Kibworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Scene after the fire at the Coach and Horses in Kibworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Two crews attended the pub, on the A6 Leicester Road, and used two breathing apparatus, one hose reel and a covering jet while tackling the fire.

But at 2.22pm, firefighters called for back-up and a third pump was sent.

No-one was hurt.

The watch manager at Market Harborough Fire Station. Tony Bishop, told the Mail at the scene that three pumps attended, one from Market Harborough, one from Wigston and a third from central station in Leicester.

Scene after the fire at the Coach and Horses in Kibworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Scene after the fire at the Coach and Horses in Kibworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

In total, firefighters used six breathing apparatus while tackling the blaze.

The 18th century former coaching inn only re-opened last week after many months of being closed.

The Punch Taverns pub contains a beamed lounge bar and snug with an inglenook-style fireplace and restaurant, low beams and exposed brickwork

New pub tenant Desmond Scarboro spoke to the Mail on the phone from the scene.

Scene after the fire at the Coach and Horses in Kibworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Scene after the fire at the Coach and Horses in Kibworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

He praised the quick actions of the fire service and also representatives from Punch Taverns who were on the scene quickly. He thanked Punch Taverns’ business development manager Joanne Hyde and Rob Hooper for their help.

Mr Scarboro said the building was evacuated ‘very quickly’ and expects the pub to be re-opened within 24 hours - serving drinks only, as the kitchen has been badly damaged.

Story by Alex Blackwell

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