Fire destoys Scarborough chip shop

Fire at Dean Road'Firefighters tackle a huge blaze at Swifts Fish and Chip shop on Dean Road, and below, the shop owner Ian Burchfield'Pictures by Neil Silk
Fire at Dean Road'Firefighters tackle a huge blaze at Swifts Fish and Chip shop on Dean Road, and below, the shop owner Ian Burchfield'Pictures by Neil Silk

A FIRE has destroyed Swifts fish and chip shop in Dean Road.

Twenty firefighters were called to tackle the huge blaze at 2pm on Saturday.

Fire at Dean Road'Firefighters tackle a huge blaze at Swifts Fish and Chip shop on Dean Road.'Picture by Neil Silk  114568a'12/11/11

Fire at Dean Road'Firefighters tackle a huge blaze at Swifts Fish and Chip shop on Dean Road.'Picture by Neil Silk 114568a'12/11/11

The shop was closed at the time and nobody was hurt.

However residents were evacuated from adjoining flats as smoke had made its way into the building.

A North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the blaze started in the frying range and caused “very severe damage to the whole of the shop”. He added that the cause was accidental.

Fire crews were sent from Scarborough, Filey and Snainton. Firefighters used three hose reels, breathing apparatus, three nine litre extinguishers as well as a thermal imaging camera to tackle the blaze.

Fire at Dean Road'Firefighters tackle a huge blaze at Swifts Fish and Chip shop on Dean Road.'Picture by Neil Silk  114568a'12/11/11

Fire at Dean Road'Firefighters tackle a huge blaze at Swifts Fish and Chip shop on Dean Road.'Picture by Neil Silk 114568a'12/11/11

Speaking at the scene, owner Ian Burchfield, who has had the chippy for 12 years, said: “I’m just waiting to find out what happened, but the fire has gutted it.”

He added that he wasn’t at the shop at the time and that, thankfully, nobody was in.

Fire crew manager Paul Burnett said: “It has been a very serious fire which has completely gutted the shop.”

He added that the cause was still under investigation, but that representatives from the main utilities had been called to isolate the gas and electricity supplies.

Debbie Brayshaw, 48, who lives in the flats, said: “I could hear the doorbell ringing and I thought it was my nephew messing about.

“But then I could hear someone shouting ‘You’re on fire!’

“Smoke was coming up through the ceiling. I’m just in shock, to tell you the truth.”