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GALLERY: Fire at Ye Olde Hob Inn in pictures

A firefighter cuts out the damaged thatch at Ye Olde Hob Inn in Bamber Bridge Photo credit: DAVE BENNION
A firefighter cuts out the damaged thatch at Ye Olde Hob Inn in Bamber Bridge Photo credit: DAVE BENNION
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The 400-year-old Ye Olde Hob Inn pub in Bamber Bridge caught ablaze today.

Local resident Dave Bennion was on hand to take shots as brave crews from Lancashire Fire and Rescue tried to put the fire out in the thatched roof.

Fire crews tackle the blaze. Photo: Dave Bennion

Fire crews tackle the blaze. Photo: Dave Bennion

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Eye witness Dave, who lives just a few doors away in St Saviour's Close, praised the swift action of fire crews saying: "If they hadn't got there so quickly and worked as hard as they did, the whole pub could have gone up."

Dave, a keen amateur photographer, grabbed his camera and took some of the shots here.

"When I got there all I could see was smoke belching out of the roof at the back," he said. "It wasn't so much flames as smoke.

"Fire engines were arriving one after the other and the firefighters got to work very quickly. They were obviously getting a bit worried because it was a thatched roof and they were cutting into it to get to the fire.

"They seemed to get it under control after about two hours. I don't know how much damage it's done, but it clearly won't be open for a bit after this.

"I go in there now and again and hopefully it won't be shut for long.

"I think the fire brigade did a brilliant job to keep it confined to just one area of the roof and prevent it spreading. Well don to them."