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Freemasons Arms pub shut after blaze

Faulty fridge believed to be cause of fire

13 August, 2018 — By Tom Foot

The Freemasons Arms is not believed to be severely damaged 

THE Freemasons Arms pub is shut because of a fire believed to have been caused by a faulty fridge.

Eleven people had to be evacuated from the landmark pub in Downshire Hill, by the East Heath Road car park entrance to Hampstead Heath, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Nobody was hurt.

A notice on the pub’s website said the pub would be “closed until further notice” and a statement from the Freemasons Arms said: “The pub will remain closed whilst repair work is carried out.”

The London Fire Brigade said it believed the fire had been started by faulty fridge, adding: “Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a pub of three floors on Downshire Hill.

“The ground floor of the property was used as a public house whilst the first and second floors were used as staff accommodation. Eleven people evacuated the staff accommodation before the arrival of the Brigade.

“The building was fitted with smoke detection throughout, which sounded and raised the alarm.

“A small part of the ground floor was damaged by fire and there was smoke damage throughout the property. Thankfully there were no injuries.”

“The cause of this fire is believed to be due to component failure in a commercial refrigeration unit.”

Firefighters were called at 3.39am and the fire was under control at 5.07am, the LFB said. Fire crews from West Hampstead and Kentish Town fire stations attended the scene.


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