Nick Nairn tells of ‘bitter pill to swallow’ after restaurant goes up in flames

Nick Nairn’s Bridge of Allan restaurant went up in flames ‘in the middle of service’ as the TV chef feels grateful for an ‘off-duty firefighter’ who stepped in to help.

We told how a horror blaze ripped through Nick’s on Henderson Street in Bridge of Allan, near Stirling, after the alarm was raised at around 8.15pm on Saturday, August 28.

Dramatic footage taken from the scene shows the eatery completely engulfed in flames.

The TV chef told the Scottish Sun : “We had a full house. It happened right in the middle of service. Luckily an off-duty cop and off-duty firefighter were dining with us.

“They assisted with the evacuation.

TV Chef Nick Nairn has confirmed no staff or customers were hurt after a horror blaze ripped through his Bridge of Allan restaurant

“It’s scary how quickly it happened. It wasn’t an accident, it was an electrical fire. We threw a fire blanket over it and discharged two CO2 extinguishers. But as soon as they ran out, it exploded.

“We’re all standing outside, there’s just devastation. It’s a bitter pill to swallow after the last 18 months. We have to ask ourselves what’s next, we’ve already been flooded.”

Nick, 62, who hails from Stirling, confirmed no one was injured as he tweeted his praise for the emergency services who dealt with the fierce inferno.

He said: “Just to let you know, terrible fire at Nicks BofA tonight, but thankfully all staff and customers unhurt.

“Huge respect and thanks to the emergency services who were incredible.”

Flames were seen shooting out of the two windows at the rear of the premises in video posted online.

Firefighters were spotted battling the blaze while huge plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky.

Shocked onlookers watched on in awe as the restaurant burned down.

On Saturday night a Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesperson told the Record: “I can confirm that we have received calls at 20.17 on Saturday, August 28, to reports of a building on fire.

“We are in attendance and it’s an ongoing incident.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We can confirm we are in attendance to assist the fire brigade in the ongoing incident.”

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