VIDEO: William Hill fire in Whitton High Street

VIDEO: William Hill fire in Whitton High Street

Fire: The scene in High Street credit: Sam Maywood

Fire: The scene in High Street credit: Sam Maywood

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A betting shop in Whitton high street was left gutted after an electrical fire severely damaged the property on Tuesday, January 28.

Nobody was injured in the blaze which started before 1pm but three people had to flee.

Five fire engines attended the scene, with more than 25 firefighters from Twickenham, Feltham, Richmond and Heathrow tackling the flames, as well as police and the London Ambulance Service.

Lisa Hicks, station manager at Richmond fire station, said: "We received a call at 12.56pm to a fire in William Hill in Whitton high street.

"It was a severe fire when we arrived - there have been no injuries and the investigation has now started."

The crews worked for more than an hour to bring the fire under control.

One member of staff, deputy manager Mohammad Hassan, and two customers were in the shop at the time.

Mr Hassan smelled burning and evacuated the shop before calling the fire brigade.

Firefighters were called after Police Inspector Simon Young happened to be driving through the high street at the time.

Inspector Simon Young said: "We made some attempts to put the fire out.

"We ran round to the back of the property in order to go up to the flat to make sure nobody was in danger.

"When we were satisfied that was the case we assisted by putting road blocks in place."

Anish Gola, 34, assistant manager at Your Move which is next door to the bookies, said the police came into the shop to see if anyone was in the above flat.

He said: "Police said it was an electrical fire and we all just stood outside on the high street.

"The smoke got darker and darker - one of the firefighters knocked some of the windows through to check if anyone was in there."

Mustafa Yaqub, 27, who works at Whitton Car Audio on nearby Bridge Way, said: "I was working outside my shop when I saw smoke from the windows.

"I ran across and saw a big fire so I went across the road and started filming.

"Everyone seemed to get out pretty quickly."

A witness who asked not be named said staff at neighbouring Subway were concerned because the fast-food outlet uses gas cookers.

A William Hill spokesman said it would be a "considerable amount of time" before the shop opens again and staff would be relocated to other branches.

They added the flat above the shop, close to Whitton station, had been gutted also.


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3:45pm Tue 28 Jan 14

helen59 says...

I find it hard to believe they have called on the fire service from Heathrow. I thought BAA ran the fire service there. They need 24 hour cover at the airport surely.
I find it hard to believe they have called on the fire service from Heathrow. I thought BAA ran the fire service there. They need 24 hour cover at the airport surely. helen59
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6:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

AlphaEcho says...

helen59
The crew attending from Heathrow would have been the LFB crew that are based there on the Northern Perimeter Road, not the BAA firefighters whose primary concern is within the airport itself. Airport cover would not have been degraded in the slightest.
helen59 The crew attending from Heathrow would have been the LFB crew that are based there on the Northern Perimeter Road, not the BAA firefighters whose primary concern is within the airport itself. Airport cover would not have been degraded in the slightest. AlphaEcho
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8:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

tinyt82 says...

Well Done. Mustafa Yaqub, "I was working outside my shop when I saw smoke from the windows.

"I ran across and saw a big fire so I went across the road and started filming.

"Everyone seemed to get out pretty quickly."
Calling the fire brigade or seeing if people were okay may of been better!
Well Done. Mustafa Yaqub, "I was working outside my shop when I saw smoke from the windows. "I ran across and saw a big fire so I went across the road and started filming. "Everyone seemed to get out pretty quickly." Calling the fire brigade or seeing if people were okay may of been better! tinyt82
  • Score: 3

1:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14

kingstonpaul says...

tinyt82 wrote:
Well Done. Mustafa Yaqub, "I was working outside my shop when I saw smoke from the windows.

"I ran across and saw a big fire so I went across the road and started filming.

"Everyone seemed to get out pretty quickly."
Calling the fire brigade or seeing if people were okay may of been better!
Agreed. What an absolute t**ser this Mr Yaqub is. What a great guy to have around in an emergency... Guess it's a sad indictment that all of life now has to be filmed in pursuit of a cheap thrill on YouTube.
Mind you, if I were a UKIP member, I might be saying that this was God's retribution on the curse that is fixed odds betting terminals. A few less of these available to the burghers of Whitton is probably no bad thing.
[quote][p][bold]tinyt82[/bold] wrote: Well Done. Mustafa Yaqub, "I was working outside my shop when I saw smoke from the windows. "I ran across and saw a big fire so I went across the road and started filming. "Everyone seemed to get out pretty quickly." Calling the fire brigade or seeing if people were okay may of been better![/p][/quote]Agreed. What an absolute t**ser this Mr Yaqub is. What a great guy to have around in an emergency... Guess it's a sad indictment that all of life now has to be filmed in pursuit of a cheap thrill on YouTube. Mind you, if I were a UKIP member, I might be saying that this was God's retribution on the curse that is fixed odds betting terminals. A few less of these available to the burghers of Whitton is probably no bad thing. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 3

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