Firefighters tackle severe blaze at York city centre restaurant

Five fire crews tackled a severe blaze at one of York’s best-known restaurants.

A fire in the kitchens of the Star Inn The City broke out early this morning (Friday, November 9).

It was spotted by a member of the public on Lendal who called the emergency services at 5.05am.

The first fire crew arrived at the scene four minutes later. They found the ground-floor kitchens, in the old waterworks building, well alight.

More than 20 firefighters

Fire crews on Lendal landing.

Altogether five crews, including from Tadcaster, Huntington and York, were called out to the fire.

At its height, up to 25 firefighters were on the scene, including eight wearing breathing apparatus.

The flames spread to a void in the roof, which made tackling the fire more difficult. It was put out by about 7am.

The fire was in the shadow of Lendal Tower
The view from Lendal Bridge

York Station Manager Peter Gregory told YorkMix:

  • The fire was contained and confined to the kitchen area and the roof void.

    It caused severe fire damage.

    From preliminary inquiries, the cause does not appear to be suspicious.

    At the moment, the incident has been left open for revisits by fire crews checking there aren’t other hotspots.

Lendal landing was cordoned off but has since reopened.

The Star In The City has thanked firefighters and is assessing the damage. It hopes to be open again soon.

Owner Andrew Pern said: “Due to a fire in the early hours of this morning at The Star Inn the City, York, the kitchen will be out of action for a short time.

“We will hope to have the bar area open for next weekend for drinks and light snacks only.

“I would like to thank North Yorkshire Fire Service and some of our senior staff for their swift response to a difficult situation.”