Fire destroys Gunnersbury Park cafe

The cafe at Gunnersbury Park has been completely destroyed and the park will remain closed until at least Sunday.

The fire engulfed the cafe in the early hours of Friday morning (29 May).

“This is very sad news and will be a significant blow to everyone who uses the park and for colleagues at both councils (Ealing and Hounslow, which jointly own the park) and the Gunnersbury CIC who have worked so hard to regenerate the park and the house” said leader of LB Ealing Julian Bell.

Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to the fire at the Gunnersbury Park Café on Popes Lane in Ealing and attended at 1.00 am on Friday. Part of the ground floor and the roof of the café were alight and it took three and a half hours, till 4.30am, to bring the fire under control. There are no reports of any injuries.

The café has a historic display area, containing display items such as horse-drawn carriages, which firefighters safely removed from the building.

“Many thanks for all your help, and for saving the Rothschild Carriages!”

Tweeted a spokesperson for Gunnersbury Park & Museum.

Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Hounslow Council said:

“We were shocked and saddened to hear of the fire that took place at the Gunnersbury Park Café. Thankfully no one was hurt”.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

Image below: Gunnersbury Park cafe before the fire

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