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Chef's dog helps him escape blaze at historic Marlow pub
A CHEF escaped a huge blaze which ripped through Marlow’s “most exclusive pub” after being alerted to the danger by his dog.
Anthony Burnham, owner of the eighteenth century Two Brewers pub in St Peters Street, ‘lost all his worldly possessions’ in the blaze.
Chef Jim Knight, 28, was fast asleep in his quarters inside the St Peters Street pub when he was awoken by his dog Sil at about 2am today.
The thick smoke pouring into his room made him feel nauseous but – with the help of firecrew – he managed to escape the inferno.
The father-of-one said: “I was asleep, it was the dog that woke me up, he was jumping all over the bed and then I heard a loud smashing noise.
“I thought it was some young lads throwing stuff at the windows and then the smoke hit me, it filled the room and made me feel sick.
“I managed to stumble around for some clothes, grabbed the dog and made my way towards the exit. The firefighters had obviously just arrived as they helped me out.”
Mr Burnham, his wife Vicki and seven-month-old son William were fortunately not staying in their home above the historic pub last night.
But they had spent the last four years sculpting the living quarters into their perfect family home – which has now been destroyed in the fire.
He said: “We had the night off and come back to this – we’ve lost all our worldly possessions.
"All I’ve got left is the clothes on my back and I managed to grab a photo from the wall from when William was born.
“It’s obviously emotional but I’m quite philosophical about it. On one hand we’ve lost everything, we spent four years building the place up and it’s all gone – but it’s a building and thankfully no-one was hurt.”
Fire chiefs estimate the blaze damaged about 80 percent of the roof and first floor, with water damage throughout the rest of the building.
An adjacent building was also damaged by smoke. The cause of the blaze has not yet been established but is thought to be an electrical fault.
Neighbour Tom Stone was first on the scene and watched in horror as the building went up in flames. He was about to race into the pub as he feared the Burnham family were inside when firecrews arrived.
He said: “I looked out of my window and saw flames coming out of the window. A curtain had blown down so me and a mate thought about dousing it in water and going in but the firecrew arrived and stopped us.
“It was such a relief when I found out they were all away. We let a neighbour stay with us last night and we all sat around – it was like a scene from The Blitz.
“The Two Brewers is the heart of the community – it’s a tragedy.”
Mr Burnham, 48, said the pub built circa 1755 must be rebuilt.
He has been inundated with support from the community, including Marlow Mayor Cllr Suzanne Brown and Wycombe District Council Leader Cllr Richard Scott.
He said: “The Mayor, the WDC leader, the swan-uppers – they all drink here and were down this morning to lend their support. It has to be re-built; it is Marlow’s most exclusive and most popular pub.”
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