Fire at the Grove House

On Saturday night at around 8.40pm a fire broke out in the kitchen of the Grove House pub, on Camberwell Grove. Fifty staff and punters were escorted out of the building when the alarm went off, so no-one was hurt. A total of ten fire engines and 70 fire crew attended the blaze, which was finally extinguished some six hours later.

The full extent of the damage hasn’t been reported, but there is damage to the first and second floors, and the extraction system which goes to the roof. Personally speaking, I hope the damage isn’t too bad as the Grove is one of my favourite buildings in the area.

The cause of the fire has also not been reported. Update: an article in the Morning Advertiser says “fire officials believe the fire was caused by a thermostat failing on a deep fat fryer, causing the oil to catch alight”.

The pub will remain closed “until further notice”—here’s hoping they’re back on their feet soon.

You can see a couple of clips of the fire in these videos from Twitter user Rodnie Oro.

Author: Peter

Long-time resident of Camberwell, author of this blog since July 2004.

9 thoughts on “Fire at the Grove House”

    1. Haven’t heard anything, but as the kitchen extractor was specifically mentioned I’m guessing something from there.

    2. “Fire officials believe the fire was caused by a thermostat failing on a deep fat fryer, causing the oil to catch alight”, according to the Morning Advertiser (link in the updated article).

  1. I thought it had gone quiet. I always worry about that place — nice location, maybe too nice.

    1. Not a lot of news on here lately, probably because it’s a really boring website. But here is the news from Camberwell I’ve noticed that has not been reported for one reason or another –

      Latwaan Griffiths, 18, was found suffering knife wounds in Denmark Road. He died.

      Katrina Makunova, 17, suffered stab injuries at an address in Brisbane Street. She died.

      Three men were found with stab wounds on Warham Street, Camberwell. Victim Siddique Kamara, also known as Incognito and SK, died. He was cleared at the Old Bailey of murdering Abdirahman Mohamed. Mr Kamara, 23, was friends with fellow rapper Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, who was found with fatal gunshot wounds in Warham Street in May.

      Four boys, aged between 15 and 16, were attacked outside Landor House on the Elmington Estate in Camberwell on Thursday evening, police said. A 42-year-old man died after he was found with stab wounds at an address in Flaxen Road, Chingford, at about 04:40 BST on Friday. Hours later, a man in his 50s was found dead at a home in Walworth. One of the boys, who was in a critical condition after the Camberwell attack, is now said to be in a serious but stable condition.

      I’m sure you’ve all seen this news in our community over the last few days. For some reason it hasn’t found its way onto this blog.

  2. Well, you’ve caught me out; after 14 years of running this blog, it’s not as up to date as I’d like. And yeah, it’s probably a bit boring; I never intended this to be anything more than just a personal blog, on my thoughts on moving back to the area after a few years away, but just by being the only person talking about anything, I de facto became some kind of authority. But I never had the time or budget to be a real local news blog; I never was a campaigner, just a reporter. When I started I could just write here once a week or more; now I have Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. And it’s just me; a few guest writers down the years, but mostly just me. And the number of readers and commenters has dropped off over the years as I’ve spread myself thinly across the different platforms, I’m sure. How much have I missed out here? A lot, I’m sure. But the conversation has moved on; when I started in 2004 there was no Twitter, no Facebook, no Instagram, now everyone is there. And I’ve mentioned, or at least boosted, the stabbings and murders on those other platforms—certainly on Twitter, where much of the conversation takes place nowadays. What I would say to you, ‘Baron Hausmann’, is that you don’t need to wait for anyone else to write things for you; there has never been a greater opportunity for you to create your own blog, group, or channel to write about local news. So please, don’t wait for me to cover something to your satisfaction; it may not happen. Just go and write your own.

    1. Go and write my own blog? I’m working class, not middle class, so that would never occur to me.

      I do appreciate that you have been writing this since 2004, though. It has been interesting to me and I appreciate you being creative and doing that.

  3. Peter, does the blog have links to Twitter, etc? That would bring in the twits, millennials, attention-span-deficit bunnies, etc. I pass Stormbird every day and it’s packed with what look like young movers & shakers. But they may be the kind of people who raise at the end of the sentence? Say lol? Don’t write long or much? Don’t get the old Camberwell ways?

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen a working-class person in Camberwell in the Kerfield sense of working class. We go to Bluewater to be amongst them. It’s nice for that. A lot of the ones I used to know in Camberwell were quite enterprising.

    The old North Kent crew were quite active and inventive, the Stones, etc.

  4. OFO hire bike under huge construction-plant low loader in Peckham yesterday afternoon just past the library. Roads closed all over Peckham. No buses anywhere. So many people die on that quarter of a mile. The OFO bikes are often ridden in that “Get out of my way” style, but who knows. Very grim sight, atmosphere.

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