Weymouth Bella Italia restaurant up in flames after deep fat fryer blaze

Dorset Echo: SMOKE DAMAGED: Fire broke out at Bella Italia in St Mary Street, Weymouth SMOKE DAMAGED: Fire broke out at Bella Italia in St Mary Street, Weymouth

A BLAZE broke out in the kitchen of Bella Italia in Weymouth town centre.

Three engines rushed to the scene just after 8pm yesterday after a deep fat fryer caught fire in the restaurant in St Mary Street.

Staff evacuated the building and the fire caused severe damage to the property.

A spokesman for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: “At just after 8pm the service received a report of a chip pan on fire at Bella Italia restaurant in St Mary Street, Weymouth.

“Two appliances from Weymouth were sent to the scene and a third from Dorchester was requested.

“The fire involved a deep fat fryer in the kitchen.

“There was severe damage by heat and smoke to the kitchen and light damage to the rest of the property.

“Smoke had percolated through to Mothercare next door and the premises was ventilated.

“The last appliance left the scene at 9.57pm.”

A spokesman for Bella Italia said: “There was a small fire in Bella Italia in Weymouth which was extinguished by the fire brigade.

“Staff exited the building quickly and no-one was injured.”

A spokesman for Mothercare said their store suffered no damage.

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10:53am Wed 17 Oct 12

Weymouth Ex-pat says...

Typical OHEC exaggeration, "...restaurant up in flames...".

Bella Italia spokesman said, "it was a small fire"
Typical OHEC exaggeration, "...restaurant up in flames...". Bella Italia spokesman said, "it was a small fire" Weymouth Ex-pat

10:54am Wed 17 Oct 12

lostnfound says...

'Smoke had percolated through to Mothercare next door and the premises was ventilated.'
I was taught that 'premises' was a plural word and so the premises of Mothercare were ventilated.
Didn't the kitchen have suitable fire extinguishers for this fire, described by a Bella Italia spokesman as 'small' but which the spokesman for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service described as 'severe'?
'Smoke had percolated through to Mothercare next door and the premises was ventilated.' I was taught that 'premises' was a plural word and so the premises of Mothercare were ventilated. Didn't the kitchen have suitable fire extinguishers for this fire, described by a Bella Italia spokesman as 'small' but which the spokesman for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service described as 'severe'? lostnfound

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