BLACK smoke could be seen over Weymouth harbourside this morning as a fire broke out at a quayside restaurant.

Passers-by said the fire broke out at the rear of Mallams restaurant on Trinity Road.

Four fire engines raced to the scene to tackle the blaze.

Firefighters had to break into the property.

Dorset Echo:


A spokesman for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said the brigade was alerted at 7.06am today.

He said: "We attended a fire at a restaurant on Trinity Road.

"Four fire engines were requested, two from Weymouth and two from Portland stations, to assist with firefighting action.

"Crews had to force entry to the building.

"There was a fire on the ground floor which was extinguished by crews wearing breathing apparatus and using jets.

"The Portland crews have since left the scene but the Weymouth crews have remained, with an officer in attendance, damping down and ensuring the scene is safe."

Dorset Echo:


Dave Taylor was walking his dog in the area and called 999.

He said: "The fire service had trouble getting to the fire, which appeared to be an extractor unit above the kitchen.

"A crew went to the rear, in Trinity Terrace, and laid a hose so they could fight it from the back, but a team with breathing gear broke through just as they got the hose connected.

"A house next door was also entered by the crews breaking down the door."

A post on Mallams Facebook page says: "We are sorry to tell you all that we have had a fire at Mallams.

"It was in the kitchen and we are working hard to clear the mess up but won’t be open for a while.

"Thanks to all our lovely neighbours and friends who have helped and especially the fantastic #DWFire team who have been amazing. They have refashioned the building and the front door!

"We will keep you updated when we know more."