Tuckers fish and chip shop fire could see them closed at carnival
A FIRE could mean that a Wells chip shop has to be closed during its busiest night of the year.
With its place on the procession route, carnival night can mean bumper takings for Tuckers Fish and Chip Shop.
Smoke could be seen across the city when the fire started at around 12.45pm on Tuesday.
Fire crews from Wells, Glastonbury and Shepton Mallet were called and needed breathing apparatus to put out the fire.
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The extent of the damage is not yet known but shop owner Seb Simeone doesn’t know whether or not the shop will be ready for the big night.
He said: “This could not have come at a worse time.
“Carnival is one of the busiest times of year for us and I don’t know if we’ll be open again in time.
“It’s a shock to the system. Until I can speak to the people who make our equipment I honestly don’t know how long it will take to get fixed.”
At the time the fire started manager Marcus Keen and Maureen Leigh were serving customers their lunch.
Mr Keen said: “There was a noise like a fire being turned up. We couldn’t see any flames but then there was smoke. We couldn’t see where it was coming from.”
Ms Leigh was serving customers when people started rushing in from outside.
“They said ‘your chimney’s on fire’.”
No one has been reported injured as all the customers and staff safely made their way on to Tucker Street to join the crowd of people watching the rising smoke – though one lady insisted on taking her cup of tea with her.
Ms Leigh said: “It was a shock.
“I don’t normally work Tuesdays.
“I was expecting a few orders but not this.”