Video: Smoke alarm warning after Welwyn pub fire

A FIRE chief has spoken of the importance of smoke alarms after a major blaze in a Welwyn pub today (Tuesday). Four people escaped the inferno at The Wellington, in High Street, just after 4.15am. They were alerted to the fire after hearing the smoke

A FIRE chief has spoken of the importance of smoke alarms after a major blaze in a Welwyn pub today (Tuesday).

Four people escaped the inferno at The Wellington, in High Street, just after 4.15am.

They were alerted to the fire after hearing the smoke alarms.

Hertford Fire Station commander Tony Robinson, who was one of 50 firefighters at the scene, said: "This, like so many incidents, highlights the need for everyone to have a working smoke alarm - we can't emphasise enough that they really do save lives."


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He said of the historic 14th century pub: "Our crews have worked incredibly hard through the night to try to save as much of this historic building as possible.

"They have done an excellent job."

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