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Incident Date: 13 April 2014
FIRE crews have been tackling a blaze in a pub in Bury this morning (April 13).
They were called to the Cotton Tree Pub, Moorgate, at around 7.50am after reports of smoke and flames coming from the roof.
Firefighters from Bury and Whitefield attended along with an aerial appliance and found the source of the fire was in a loft space at the rear of the building, rather than in the main pub area.
Station Manager Geoff Thornley said: "Crews did a really good job and contained the fire which limited the damage and stopped it from spreading further.
"They stripped the roof to ensure the fire was out and that there were no embers left."
The cause of the fire is now under investigation but it is believed to have started accidentally.
Group Manager Martyn Ward said the work the crews did to contain and limit the damage will help the pub get back on its feet quicker.
He said: "The crews not only stopped the fire from spreading but did what they could to limit the damage and because of this it is likely the pub will be open for business quickly.
"The crews quickly got into the loft to bring it under control. The water tank in the loft burst and they put up barriers to stop the water going into the main pub and once the fire was put out they put sheeting up to help the pub clean up."