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More than 100 firefighters tackle Wetherspoon pub fire in south east London

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More than 100 firefighters tackled a huge fire at a south east London Wetherspoon pub this morning.

The fire broke out at about 9.30am in the boiler room of the New Cross Turnpike pub in Bellegrove Road, Welling.

Seven members of staff evacuated the building before the emergency services arrived.

The road was closed as fifteen fire engines battled to bring the fire under control.

They will remain on scene damping down to ensure another fire does not break out.

The police were called at 10.15am and London Ambulance Services are on the scene.

Around half of a boiler room on the first floor and a large section of the roof was alight.

Staff at the pub had a lucky escape as they heard the smoke alarm sound, left the pub and alerted called 999.

I can’t stress how important smoke alarms are, you should have one on every floor of your property and test them regularly.

Thanks to the alarm, seven members of staff were able to leave the building in good time but had they not had an early warning there could have been a very different outcome.

– Martin Freeman, London Fire Brigade

We have quite a few resources down there but we aren’t treating anyone - there are no patients. Everyone is safe.

– London Ambulance Service

Residents reported seeing smoke billowing from the pub with parts of the first floor and roof being alight.

Bus routes 51, 89, 486, B15 and B16 are being diverted.

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