Homes evac­u­ated in hor­ror pub blaze


AFIRE ripped through an his­toric pub as fire­fight­ers from five crews bat­tled through the night to con­trol it.

Fire­fight­ers were called to the in­ferno at the George and Dragon pub on Rainow Road in Higher Hurds­field on Mon­day night.

Po­lice cor­doned off the area after the blaze broke out at around 7.35pm and neigh­bours from three homes were evac­u­ated as the fire threat­ened to spread.

It is thought no-one was in the build­ing when the fire broke out. De­tec­tives are now work­ing with fire­fight­ers to es­tab­lish the cause of the blaze.

Si­mon Gib­bons, pro­tec­tion de­liv­ery man­ager at Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice who at­tended the in­ci­dent, said the fire spread quickly from the ground floor to the first floor of the build­ing.

He said: “On ar­rival the crews faced a fire that quickly es­ca­lated.

“Ini­tially they fought the fire from inside the build­ing us­ing hose reels, but with­drew due to in­ten­sity of the blaze and fought it from above us­ing the hy­draulic plat­form.

“The crews worked well, pre­vent­ing this fire from spread­ing to nearby prop­er­ties, as they got the flames un­der con­trol quickly.”


of­fi­cers at­tended to grit the road due to icy con­di­tions which were caus­ing prob­lems for the fire­fight­ers, and part of Rainow Road was closed, even­tu­ally re­open­ing on Tues­day.

Mr Gib­bons said: “It was an ex­tremely cold night so wa­ter from the hose reels was freez­ing on the road, hence the need to grit the area.”

Two en­gines from Mac­cles­field, one from Poyn­ton, one from Bolling­ton and a hy­draulic plat­form and wa­ter bowser from Der­byshire at­tended and worked through the night to con­trol the blaze.

Fire­fight­ers re­moved roof tiles to tackle the fire from above while also try­ing to pro­tect neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties.

An elec­tri­cian at­tended to en­sure the electrics were off and a fire in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cer was called to iden­tify a cause.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tin­ued through Tues­day morn­ing be­fore crews even­tu­ally left the scene at mid­day. Parts of the roof are now miss­ing due to the ex­ten­sive dam­age caused by the fire.

The com­mu­nity was shocked to see the fire ravage the build­ing, parts of which are thought to be 400 years old.

Richard Buckley, Higher Hurds­field Parish Coun­cil chair­man who lives near to the pub, said: “The fire en­gines were parked out­side our house. It’s a shock to see a fire like that so close to where you live.

“It’s a re­ally old pub, parts of it are 400 years old, and it’s such a shame to see all its his­tory go up in flames.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Cheshire Po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

● Fire rips through the George and Dragon on Mon­day night and, right, am­age to the roof after the blaze

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