Fire damages pub

Upper Church Road, Weston-super-Mare

A fire engine outside the damaged pubCrews were called to the Raglan Arms after a number of 999 calls were made by members of the public. Five fire engines from stations at Weston-super-Mare, Winscombe and Yatton attended the initial call and were faced with a developed fire on the ground floor.

During the early stages of the incident there were concerns that there may be people inside the two storey building, so a total of six firefighters in breathing apparatus made a full search. Fortunately it was found that the basement and ground floor of the public house, and the first floor accommodation, was unoccupied.

Supporting fire appliances from Kingswood, Portishead and Avonmouth were also called to the scene during the firefighting operation. Crews used two hose reels and covering jets to bring the fire under control. The blaze caused severe fire damage to the basement and ground floor as well as smoke logging throughout the property.

Residents in neighbouring properties had to be evacuated as a result of smoke that spread into adjoining buildings. Firefighters were however successful in preventing the fire from spreading.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the police and fire and rescue service.