June 7th, 2016
A hotel in Cambridge has been destroyed after a chip pan fire tore up a kitchen flue before spreading to the rest of the building.
Around 40 guests at Lovell Lodge Guest House were evacuated after the fire broke out shortly after 7.30am on Sunday morning.
Fire investigators said years of build-up of fat and grease in the extractor flue likely fuelled the fire which caused parts of the roof to collapse and severely damaged the first floor.
Emergency services had to lead a number of guests to safety after some ignored the early warning signs.
Six people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation while one person was taken to hospital for precautionary checks.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service released the pictures to show the extent of the damage.
Fire investigator Pete Jones said: ‘A cook lit a chip pan to start preparing breakfast but the pan caught fire.
‘He attempted to put the fire out but it was too late as the flames had spread to the kitchen flue and then into the roof.
‘It is likely that years of build-up of fat and grease in the extractor flue fueled the fire, and we would appeal to all commercial kitchen owners to ensure regular cleaning of their flues and appliances is undertaken to reduce the risk of fire.’
Station Commander Wayne Swales added that the actions of the first crews on scene meant this fire was quickly under control and the building has not been completely lost.
A full fire investigation ruled that the cause of the fire was accidental.