Team effort sees Baldock’s Orange Tree pub bounce back fast after small fire

PUBLISHED: 10:20 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:28 14 May 2018

The Orange Tree in Baldock. Picture: Harry Hubbard

The Orange Tree in Baldock. Picture: Harry Hubbard


There was a small fire at a Baldock pub over the weekend – but nobody was hurt, and the team were serving food again within 24 hours.

Rob Scahill, landlord of The Orange Tree in Norton Road, said there was “lots of smoke but little damage” as a result of the blaze in the pub kitchen at about 7.20pm on Saturday night.

In a post on Facebook that evening, Rob said: “It turns out we may have decided that the night was a little chilly and it needed warming up.

“So we had a little fire at The Orange Tree tonight – lots of smoke but little damage. No-one was hurt. The staff were epic, and we’re sorry for those of you who had to stand outside while Baldock’s best fire crew did their job.”

In a second post yesterday, Rob added: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to Tracy, Shirley McMahon, Ryan, Niamh, Erin, Abi, Pat, and Tom McKenzie for the huge effort they put in today cleaning our kitchen and everything in it so we were able to still do food today.

“You are all wonderful people. Thank you.”

Social media comments wishing Rob and his team well were summed up by one which read: “Well done Ryan and the team – you handled the situation brilliantly.

“Glad everyone was OK, and of course a big shout out to the firefighters too!”

A spokeswoman for the fire and rescue service said crews from Letchworth & Baldock and Hitchin fire stations attended and used breathing apparatus and a dry-powder extinguisher to put out the fire by 8pm.

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