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'We can't thank him enough': Pub worker saves dogs from burning flat

PUBLISHED: 10:11 03 December 2019 | UPDATED: 18:41 03 December 2019

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

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A grateful pub landlord has thanked the heroic worker who ran into his burning flat to save two dogs from a kitchen fire.

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Jamie Phillips, a chef at the Countryman on the A140/Ipswich Road, Tasburgh, rushed to rescue cocker spaniel Alfie and Lhasa Apso Charlie after the flat above the watering hole caught fire at around 3.25pm on Monday, December 2.

Three fire engines arrived to extinguish the flames, and left the scene at 4.20pm.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

Mr Phillips said: "There was smoke billowing out of the door - my eyes were watering, I was breathing in all the smoke and coughing my lungs up. It wasn't great, but I went into the kitchen where I saw the flames and the smoke. I got the dogs out and downstairs, turned off the gas and called 999."

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Landlord Steve Burley and landlady Michelle Young run the pub and live in the flat with their daughter Poppy, but were not home at the time of the blaze, believed to have been caused by a faulty tumble dryer.

Mr Burley said: "We're so grateful, we can't thank him enough.

"Had he not raised the alarm when he did, we would have lost the whole building."

Miss Young's daughter Ellen Franklin was, at first, unaware of the extent of the damage caused by the fire.

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

She said: "It was a big shock. When I found out about it I didn't know if anyone had been hurt - all I had been told was that there was a fire at the pub."

Mr Phillips was due to work on the bar that evening and raised the alarm before heading up to save the dogs from the flames.

Mr Burley and Miss Young will be living with family while the flat is assessed and repairs are carried out to make it habitable again.

While it is not yet known how long that will take, the pub itself will be closed for just a few days while the building's structure is checked and the electrics are tested.

The charred remains of the kitchen in the flat above the Countryman pub on Ipswich Road, Tasburgh, after a tumble dryer caught fire. Picture: Ellen Franklin.The charred remains of the kitchen in the flat above the Countryman pub on Ipswich Road, Tasburgh, after a tumble dryer caught fire. Picture: Ellen Franklin.

Miss Franklin said: "The pub itself is okay, but the upstairs - they're not allowed to live in it at the moment.

"We're just happy that no-one was hurt and that the business can stay open. We've got a lot of bookings this close to Christmas."

The fire service are currently investigating the blaze.

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The flat above The Countryman pub in Tasburgh has been gutted by fire. pub chef Jamie Phillips was working downstairs at the time and rescued the family dogs after spotting the smoke. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

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