Towel fire has pub feeling the heat
A PILE of hot tea towels from a tumble dryer caused a fire above a pub after bursting into flames.
Punters had to be evacuated from the Puss in Boots pub, on Buxton Road, Macclesfield, on Friday night (February 12) after the fire in the kitchen of a separate flat upstairs.
Firefighters from two Macclesfield crews attended at 10.24pm and brought the blaze under control before it spread from the kitchen.
A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire started in some tea towels which had been taken out of the tumble dryer.
Tea towels and other laundry can spontaneously combust if left to smoulder in piles after coming out of the tumble dryer.
The fire spokesman said: “The fire started from the tea towels when they had come out of the tumble dryer and were in a pile on a workbench.
“If there is grease remaining on tea towels after they have been washed and they are hot when they come out of the tumble dryer then the heat can build up and the tea towels can set on fire. It’s like what can happen with piles of leaves on a hot day.
“We urge people to air their tea towels out to cool them as a precaution.” The pub is open as normal.
●● The blaze happened upstairs at the Puss in Boots pub on Buxton Road