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Guy Ritchie’s London pub catches fire for second time in a year

The British director's Fitzrovia pub suffered another blaze in June last year

By Hollie Geraghty

Guy Ritchie wears a navy blue suit and tie on a chat show.
Guy Ritchie (Photo credit: YouTube).

Guy Ritchie’s London pub has suffered a fire for the second time in less than a year.

Firefighters were called to Lore of the Land in Fitzrovia at 11:20am yesterday morning (January 23) after a fire broke out on the top floor balcony.

Photos showed large flames and black plumes of smoke which was extinguished within an hour.

One resident told the Sun newspaper: “I heard some pops and thought it was fireworks going on outside, but when I went out to have a look I saw the balcony on fire.”

“My immediate thought was oh god it’s happening again, although after a short while it became clear that this fire wasn’t as bad as the last one.”

A fire that broke out on June 23 last year saw around 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines attend the scene which caused severe damage to the roof.

After the blaze last year Ritchie took to Instagram to praise the firefighters involved.

“Twelve hours and seventy brave service men and women later. I admire your courage,” he wrote.

He also shared a picture of the interior of the pub displaying extensive damage.

The ‘Snatch’ director opened the pub last year after purchasing it in 2018.

He had previously owned The Punch Bowl pub in Mayfair while married to Madonna, but sold it in 2013.

Most recently, the British director released ‘Wrath of Man’ in 2021, an action-thriller starring Jason Statham.

His newest release, ‘Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre’ is reported to be in post-production and set to be released this year.