Chimney fire at new Angel Hotel

Fire crews attend a fire at The New Angel Hotel in Whitby''w131713
Fire crews attend a fire at The New Angel Hotel in Whitby''w131713

The recently-reopened Angel Hotel on New Quay Road was evacuated on Thursday morning after a fire was reported on the premises.

Two engines from Whitby fire crew responded to a small blaze which was burning in the upstairs bar area of the Wetherspoons pub, which reopened in March after an extensive overhaul.

Staff were alerted to the fire at around 9.45am when the pub and hotel’s automated fire alarm system sounded.

Smoke from the chimney breast had escaped into an upstairs bedroom, which was unoccupied at the time.

The Angel Hotel manager Rob Watson, who was not on duty at the time, said: “The staff vacated the hotel in record time, so I couldn’t have asked for anything better from them.”

The fire is believed to have originated within a fireplace, in the upstairs bar area, and Mr Watson said he would be working together with the architects to investigate the causes of the fault.

Had the fire spread to the bar area, the combination of alcohol and glass could have formed a lethal combination.

Whitby Fire and Rescue watch manager Chris Watson explained the fire crew used a were able to use a hose reel to fight the fire, by leading it through an upstairs window.

However, he added that fires in public houses always carry added risk and said: “It’s an added danger because people aren’t always in control of themselves as normal.”

At the time of going to press, firefighters remained on the scene to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.

The pub was expected to reopen on Thursday.

Since opening on Easter weekend, the refurbished Angel Hotel has proved extremely popular, and in the first week served an average of 1,000 meals per day.

It was the subject of a £6 million redevelopment, led by architects KD Payne of Brighton, and saw the former New Angel pub and Laughton’s nightclub converted into a pub and hotel.