Northampton Sixfields pub staff redeployed after fire

Fire at Sixfields Tavern Image copyright Jamie Cooper Photography
Image caption Eighty firefighters fought to bring the fire under control as Northampton Town defeated Northwich in the FA Cup at Sixfields stadium

Thirty staff at a Northampton pub gutted by fire are to be offered jobs elsewhere by the managing company.

Flames swept through Sixfields Tavern on Saturday, when the pub was busy with its lunchtime trade and football fans.

No-one was hurt but the building near Northampton Town's ground was severely damaged, including the manager's flat.

The Hungry Horse chain said it would meet staff early this week and had found temporary accommodation for the manager and his family.

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The fire began at 14:30 GMT, 30 minutes before The Cobblers' FA Cup tie just yards away at Sixfields stadium.

Staff were praised by the fire service for getting everyone out of the pub safely.

Image caption The pub would be closed for the foreseeable future, the managing company said

It had been fully booked for Christmas Day and had numerous bookings for parties in December.

"We sincerely apologise to all customers whose bookings are affected by the fire," a spokesman added.

"We will be contacting them over the next few days and doing all we can to rearrange their reservations.

"If suitable alternatives cannot be found, we will refund any payments made."

Eighty firefighters from three counties battled to bring the blaze under control.

Police closed roads around Sixfields Leisure, an out-of-town park containing shops, fast food outlets and restaurants, and escorted fans from the football ground at full-time.

The fire began in a bin store which also contained a walk-in freezer. The cause is not yet known.

Image copyright Brendan Walsh
Image caption The fire and a plume of smoke could be seen above the stands at Sixfields Stadium

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