Welwyn pub blaze chefs hailed heroes

TWO chefs have been dubbed heroes after dramatically rescuing a man during a huge blaze at an historic coaching inn in Welwyn. More than 50 firefighters attended the inferno at the 14th century pub and restaurant, The Wellington, in High Street, in the

TWO chefs have been dubbed "heroes" after dramatically rescuing a man during a huge blaze at an historic coaching inn in Welwyn.

More than 50 firefighters attended the inferno at the 14th century pub and restaurant, The Wellington, in High Street, in the early hours of Tuesday.

Jollan D'souza and Ade Aderibidge, who live in the flats above the pub, kicked down the door of a fellow resident and chef, David Bennett, just after 4.15am when the fire started.

Mr D'souza, aged 22, singed parts of his hair during the rescue.


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He told the Welwyn & Hatfield Times: "I woke up and the fire alarm was going off.

"I was told there was still someone stuck upstairs; I just wanted to get him out of there.

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"Me and Ade went upstairs and banged on his door.

"We couldn't get him up so we both kicked the door down and got him out."

Mr D'souza added: "I couldn't see a thing, it was full of smoke."

Firefighters believe an electrical fault was to blame for the blaze.

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