Gurkha pub hit by blaze open 24 hours later

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By CLAIRE HAR­RI­SON Nuneaton Re­porter news@reach­plc.com

A FIRE-TORN Nuneaton pub was re-opened less than 24 hours af­ter a blaze broke out in its roof.

In true Gurkha spirit, the ‘Nuneaton Gurkha Cor­ner’ pub, for­merly known as the Pa­rade on Co­ton Road was open again at 12noon on Satur­day, less than a day af­ter the fire.

Om Gu­rung, MBE, chair of the Nuneaton and Bed­worth branch of the Bri­tish Gurkha Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion, ex­plained that it was thanks to the ef­forts of vol­un­teers that they were able to re-open the doors in record time.

“We were lucky, the dam­age to the roof was not as bad as we first thought,” he said.

“The fire crews were bril­liant, they did a bril­liant job stop­ping the fire spread­ing through the rest of the build­ing and we would like to thank them for that.

“There was some wa­ter dam­age, they used 18,000 litres of wa­ter and ob­vi­ously that came into all of the build­ing but we were de­ter­mined to re­open.”

Such was the turn­around that the bar was open again at 12noon on Satur­day and one of the three-weekly yoga ses­sions, which are held in the func­tion room, took place on Mon­day ( June 11).

“I would like to say thank you to the fire ser­vice and also to the many vol­un­teers who came on Fri­day night to make sure we could re-open again at 12noon the next day,” Mr Gu­rung said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are ongoing into the cause of the fire, which led to huge traf­fic de­lays not only around Co­ton Road but across town.

Crews from Nuneaton and Bed­worth re­sponded to the ini­tial 999 call, with the en­gine from Nuneaton ar­riv­ing at the scene in just four min­utes.

They called for backup and an­other en­gine was sent from Nuneaton and one from neigh­bour­ing Ather­stone. An aerial plat­form had to be used as part of the oper­a­tion to stop the flames from spread­ing into the rest of the build­ing.

Fire­fight­ers were at the scene for sev­eral hours as they damped down the roof fol­low­ing the fire.

It was back in April that the Tele­graph re­vealed that a group of Gurha vet­er­ans had taken over the Ex-Ser­vice­men’s Club – mak­ing it the first of its kind in the coun­try.

‘Nuneaton Gurkha Cor­ner’ is still open as a bar but the func­tion room at the venue is used as place where pop­u­lar yoga ses­sions are held, as well as English lessons.

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