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Firefighters rush to blaze in Lymington pub outbuilding

Firefighters at the scene of the outbuilding blaze at The Chequers Inn
Firefighters at the scene of the outbuilding blaze at The Chequers Inn

FIREFIGHTERS spent three hours battling a blaze which engulfed an outbuilding close to a Lymington pub last night (Tuesday).

The fire began in the roof of the outbuilding close to The Chequers Inn, on Chequers Green, just after 5pm, prompting an alert.

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service mobilised crews from Lymington, Brockenhurst, Beaulieu, New Milton and Eastleigh.

On Twitter HF&RS added: “They dealt with a fire in the roof of an outbuilding 10m by 10m at a public house in Chequers Green, Lymington.

“They used 18 breathing apparatus, two hose reels and one water jet.”

The incident finished just before 8.10pm, the service added.

A 16th century pub, The Chequers Inn is run by landlord Simon Thoyts and describes itself as “picturesque” and a “hidden gem on the edge of the historic salt marshes” on its Facebook page.

According to its website, the pub’s name is based on a chequered sign which likely derives from the fact the Salt Exchequer Offices for the local salterns were formerly based at the nearby Lower Woodside Green.

Dating back to the late Saxon times, Lymington was renowned for its salt making – but the practice fell into decline in the 19th century because of the burdens of taxes on salt and coal and the opening of mines in Cheshire and its links to railways that could transport the product quicker.

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