Wimbledon Common Pubs Forced To Close After Blaze

Video catches moment thick black smoke is seen between popular pubs

Andrew Ford at the Hand in Hand pub in Wimbledon

Hand in Hand landlord Andrew Ford celebrates the re-opening

Two neighbouring Wimbledon Common pubs had to close for a day after a fire broke out between them.

The Hand in Hand and Crooked Billet had to evacute the premises when the fire started. Thick black smoke was seen between the two buildings on Thursday afternoon (November 4).

Twitter user Bryan posted this video on his @thebeardyboy71 account, showing the extent of the smoke.

Both pubs, which are part of the Young's brewery group, closed for the rest of the day and announced everyone was safe.

The Crooked Billet said on its Twitter account: "We’re sorry to announce we’ve temporarily closed our doors after a small fire started in between us and our sister pub the Hand in Hand.

"Please rest assured everyone is safe and there's no internal damage. We can’t wait to welcome you back and will be open again as soon as possible."

The Hand in Hand also reported no internal damage and landlord Andrew Ford was pictured (above) welcoming customers back on Friday evening. He thanked the people who helped the pub get ready to re-open again.

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November 5, 2021