Fire at Cherry Tree pub in Norwich

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2011

Customers at a pub were forced to put their drinks on hold after a fire broke out in its kitchens.

Emergency services were called to the Cherry Tree on Dereham Road shortly after 5pm on Friday to reports of a building fire.

A 58-year-old customer, who did not wish to be named, said he had been at the bar when the alarm suddenly went off.

He said: 'Straight away the staff cleared the pub and were very professional about it all. They said a griddle pan had caught fire.

'The fire crews went in with breathing apparatus and hoses, but it was all under control within five minutes.'

Around 30 to 40 people were said to have been in the pub at the time of the fire.

They were taken out to the building's car park while fire crews from Earlham andCarrow extinguished the flames.

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An hour after emergency services were called, customers were already back in the pub. Staff refused to comment.

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