Sleaford came to a standstill this morning as firefighters rushed to the scene of a major fire at a popular town centre fish and chip shop.
Sunny’s Plaice in Jermyn Street, owned by Sunny and Narinder Singh of Sleaford, was well alight when firecrews arrived after the owners raised the alarm at around 10.14am this morning.
Southgate and Jermyn Street were blocked as four fire appliances attended.
Community Fire Protection Manager Keiron Davey said the owners were preparing for a day’s trading at the time and raised the alarm when the fire started in the frying range.
He said: “Because of the quantities of smoke the premises was found well alight. Crews contained the fire and assisted in evacuating adjoining premises in the early stages of the fire.
“The main issue was the burning fat which produced large quantities of thick, black smoke. Which obviously created a hazard for people in the vicinity so we used four breathing apparatus to assist in extinguishing the fire.”
Crews used water hoses, dry powder and a new system called Cobra that assisted in locating, identifying and putting out the fire.
He said the number of appliances attending and the need to connect to water supplies in Southgate caused disruption to traffic and they were now working quickly to reopen the roads as soon as it was safe to allow businesses to carry on trading at this busy time of year.