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Guests evacuated after incident at George & Dragon hotel

PUBLISHED: 09:56 06 September 2020 | UPDATED: 12:49 06 September 2020

Fire engines outside the George & Dragon in Long Melford following the evacuation triggered by steam from a boiler. Picture: HARRY COPSEY

Fire engines outside the George & Dragon in Long Melford following the evacuation triggered by steam from a boiler. Picture: HARRY COPSEY

Harry Copsey

Hotel guests staying in Long Melford were evacuated after fire alarms were triggered by a boiler last night.

The George and Dragon in Long Melford. Picture: FILE/PHIL MORLEYThe George and Dragon in Long Melford. Picture: FILE/PHIL MORLEY

Three fire engines were sent to the George & Dragon in Hall Street after the alarms were activated at around 7pm on Saturday, September 5.

It is understood that a boiler venting steam had triggered the alarms at the historic pub, which is a former coaching inn..

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A member of staff who did not wish to be identified said: “It was caused by steam from the boiler tank. We have new systems up there which are very sensitive and accurate and were set off.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service said two appliances from Sudbury and one from Long Melford were mobilised to attend.

The incident had taken place in a loft area measuring 20 metres by 50 but there had been no damage.

The spokeswoman said the building had been evacuated by the time firefighters had arrived and no-one was injured.

The incident was declared over by 7.50pm.


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