Four people rescued as historic 15th century pub is gutted by fire

PUBLISHED: 09:51 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:07 16 July 2013

Firefighters battle the blaze at The Swan Pub, in High Street, Wheathampstead

Firefighters battle the blaze at The Swan Pub, in High Street, Wheathampstead

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FIRE crews from Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Welwyn battled a massive blaze which gutted an historic pub.

"So it appears Wheathampstead decided to burn down this morning"

Steph Farley (via Twitter)

Four people were rescued as flames engulfed the 15th century hostelry this morning (Tuesday).

The inferno at the Swan Pub, in Wheathampstead High Street, needed eight fire engines and firefighters from across Hertfordshire to put out.

Investigators are currently on the scene trying to determine the cause of the fire.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We were called at 5.40am, [the] first floor bedroom and roof [were] well alight [and] four people [were] rescued without injury.

The blaze was out at just before 8am.

Other crews to attend the scene included those from Harpenden, Stevenage, including the aerial ladder platform, and St Albans.

Witnesses took to Twitter to tell of what they saw.

One user, Steph Farley, wrote: “So it appears Wheathampstead decided to burn down this morning #typical #swan #villagelife.”

And James Walton, a regular at the pub, tweeted: “My pub, The Swan in Wheathampstead, has caught fire.

“Top floor and roof gone.

“Nightmare.”

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