Just before 3.45 pm this afternoon (April 1st) Cheshire Fire Service received reports of a fire affecting the thatched roof of the White Lion pub at Barthomley.
Four fire engines were initially sent to the scene.
Two were from Crewe, one from Holmes Chapel and one from Poynton while firefighters from Kidsgrove in Staffordshire also attended.
When crews arrived they found the thatched roof of the pub well alight and ensured that everyone was out of the property.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus then used two hose reel jets and one main jet to tackle the fire.
The hydraulic platform from Macclesfield was then sent to the scene while further fire engines were requested to bring extra staff to tackle the fire and maintain water supplies.
Crews managed to make a fire break in the thatched roof to prevent the fire from spreading to the remainder. Firefighters on the hydraulic platform and one 5 metre ladders then began removing smouldering thatch and damping it down.
The fire was contained to approximately a third of the thatch roof and at approximately 7.30 pm officers began to reduce the number of fire engines in attendance although crews remained at the scene for several hours, checking for hotspots and damping down.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Source – Cheshire Fire Service
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