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Hoddesdon pub nearly burnt down by cigarette rebuilt by loyal regulars

Lee Newton (center) built the new bar

A Hoddesdon pub almost burned down by a fire that destroyed much of its outdoor area has been rebuilt by loyal regulars.

The Galley Hall pub in Hailey Lane was saved from disaster by neighbour Angela Spencer, who was woken up by a car explosion at 5.30am on June 9 and saw flames and plumes of black smoke.

Reportedly started by a careless cigarette smouldering from the night before, the fire tore through the wooden decking area and reduced the barbecue hut to ashes.

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