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Firefighters called to Old Swan Uppers in Cookham

Will Taylor

Firefighters called to Old Swan Uppers in Cookham

A fire crew from Maidenhead was called to a small chimney fire at a pub in Cookham today (Wednesday).

Firefighters were called to the Old Swan Uppers in the Pound at 12.26pm.

It was caused by a blockage that caught fire, but what the blockage was is unclear.

Red Watch crew manager at Maidenhead Fire Station Martin Simmonds said chimney fires could be caused by excess from certain types of coal or wood that eventually catch fire in the flue at the right temperature, or even something such as a bird's nest falling in.

Firefighters extinguished it with a hose that also cleared the blockage, and inspected the chimney to make sure it was safe.

It happened just the week before the pub were due to have it cleaned, and the pub did not close while firefighters attended and remained serving afterwards.

The team was finished by 1.55pm.

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