Brighton cafe becomes the latest victim of exploding tea towels

Brighton cafe becomes the latest victim of exploding tea towels

Brighton cafe becomes the latest victim of exploding tea towels

First published in News

Another cafe has been hit by the strange phenomena of exploding tea towels.

Firefighters were called to Billie’s Cafe in Hampton Place, Brighton, at just before 7pm yesterday to a fire in the basement of the cafe.

Fire crews were alerted to the blaze after smoke from the fire set-off smoke detectors.

Firefighters using breathing apparatus and a hose reel to tackle the blaze.

The popular cafe was closed today but will reopen tomorrow.

The cafe’s owners confirmed to The Argus today that the fire had started with tea towels.

In October last year, spontaneously combusting laundry in Terre a Terre in East Street, Brighton, led to a devastating fire which gutted the top vegetarian restaurant’s kitchen and forced the closure of the site for more than three months.

On the same day, a similar fire broke out at Brighton College requiring the work of six firefighters to put the flames out.

It is believed that chemicals or fats still on the tea towels can cause the material to ignite when they are dried.

The owners of Billie’s said that fortunately their fire did not cause “anywhere near the same level of damage” as at Terre a Terre and the fire was more a “nuisance” than anything else.

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12:41pm Mon 11 Nov 13

FatherTed11 says...

Chemicals or fats on the tea towels? Sounds like a good standard of hygiene then. Fortunately, the Argus fire engine was on the scene again.
Chemicals or fats on the tea towels? Sounds like a good standard of hygiene then. Fortunately, the Argus fire engine was on the scene again. FatherTed11
  • Score: 20

12:49pm Mon 11 Nov 13

chilliman says...

Mineral oils, such as white spirit, and some edible oits can self-heat If the cooking oils are thoroughly washed out you would think the risk is minimal but a heap of teatowels with a small residue can cause trouble. I wonder if the low temperature washes we tend to use nowadays add to the problem by not removing the oil properly.
Mineral oils, such as white spirit, and some edible oits can self-heat If the cooking oils are thoroughly washed out you would think the risk is minimal but a heap of teatowels with a small residue can cause trouble. I wonder if the low temperature washes we tend to use nowadays add to the problem by not removing the oil properly. chilliman
  • Score: 14

12:58pm Mon 11 Nov 13

pmhart007 says...

chilliman wrote:
Mineral oils, such as white spirit, and some edible oits can self-heat If the cooking oils are thoroughly washed out you would think the risk is minimal but a heap of teatowels with a small residue can cause trouble. I wonder if the low temperature washes we tend to use nowadays add to the problem by not removing the oil properly.
A rational comment, thoughful comment. I thought i was reading the Argus. Where are the moans about the greens. You have no place on this board
[quote][p][bold]chilliman[/bold] wrote: Mineral oils, such as white spirit, and some edible oits can self-heat If the cooking oils are thoroughly washed out you would think the risk is minimal but a heap of teatowels with a small residue can cause trouble. I wonder if the low temperature washes we tend to use nowadays add to the problem by not removing the oil properly.[/p][/quote]A rational comment, thoughful comment. I thought i was reading the Argus. Where are the moans about the greens. You have no place on this board pmhart007
  • Score: 34

1:00pm Mon 11 Nov 13

The Prophet of Doom says...

Almost as bad as those exploding carrots.
Almost as bad as those exploding carrots. The Prophet of Doom
  • Score: 2

1:07pm Mon 11 Nov 13

chilliman says...

pmhart007 wrote:
chilliman wrote:
Mineral oils, such as white spirit, and some edible oits can self-heat If the cooking oils are thoroughly washed out you would think the risk is minimal but a heap of teatowels with a small residue can cause trouble. I wonder if the low temperature washes we tend to use nowadays add to the problem by not removing the oil properly.
A rational comment, thoughful comment. I thought i was reading the Argus. Where are the moans about the greens. You have no place on this board
I try to remain rational in my dotage but it's sometimes difficult when you read the Argus!!
[quote][p][bold]pmhart007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chilliman[/bold] wrote: Mineral oils, such as white spirit, and some edible oits can self-heat If the cooking oils are thoroughly washed out you would think the risk is minimal but a heap of teatowels with a small residue can cause trouble. I wonder if the low temperature washes we tend to use nowadays add to the problem by not removing the oil properly.[/p][/quote]A rational comment, thoughful comment. I thought i was reading the Argus. Where are the moans about the greens. You have no place on this board[/p][/quote]I try to remain rational in my dotage but it's sometimes difficult when you read the Argus!! chilliman
  • Score: 22

2:27pm Mon 11 Nov 13

PorkBoat says...

Turn the hoses on them!
Turn the hoses on them! PorkBoat
  • Score: 0

3:15pm Mon 11 Nov 13

the old funker says...

Bless me what a dangerous World catering is.
Bless me what a dangerous World catering is. the old funker
  • Score: 6

3:39pm Mon 11 Nov 13

wietraurig says...

"... hit by the strange phenomena...".
It's phenomenon for G*d's sake. Phenomena is plural. The levels of literacy and editing at the Argus continue to plummet.
"... hit by the strange phenomena...". It's phenomenon for G*d's sake. Phenomena is plural. The levels of literacy and editing at the Argus continue to plummet. wietraurig
  • Score: 28

3:43pm Mon 11 Nov 13

fasttrack says...

Perhaps they were drying them in the oven at the time!
Perhaps they were drying them in the oven at the time! fasttrack
  • Score: 2

3:49pm Mon 11 Nov 13

Crystal Ball says...

wietraurig wrote:
"... hit by the strange phenomena...".
It's phenomenon for G*d's sake. Phenomena is plural. The levels of literacy and editing at the Argus continue to plummet.
How can you stoop lower when already at rock bottom?
[quote][p][bold]wietraurig[/bold] wrote: "... hit by the strange phenomena...". It's phenomenon for G*d's sake. Phenomena is plural. The levels of literacy and editing at the Argus continue to plummet.[/p][/quote]How can you stoop lower when already at rock bottom? Crystal Ball
  • Score: 9

5:49pm Mon 11 Nov 13

aat99 says...

18 months to go and this issue will be no more as the new administraion will ditch KitKats crazy exploding tea towels policy ....
18 months to go and this issue will be no more as the new administraion will ditch KitKats crazy exploding tea towels policy .... aat99
  • Score: 9

11:40pm Mon 11 Nov 13

whoee! says...

Cor dear! I wouldn't want to be wiping my old Khyber with one of them lol
Cor dear! I wouldn't want to be wiping my old Khyber with one of them lol whoee!
  • Score: 2

12:12am Tue 12 Nov 13

IShouldoftriedharder says...

Why is there so many spam posts on this site recently. Where is the forum monitor? If there isn't the money to employ one, or the latest intern has just left, at least add a report as spam button. Not to much to ask.
Why is there so many spam posts on this site recently. Where is the forum monitor? If there isn't the money to employ one, or the latest intern has just left, at least add a report as spam button. Not to much to ask. IShouldoftriedharder
  • Score: 6

1:32am Tue 12 Nov 13

Poem58 says...

I ate at Terre a Terre once.

The waiter was an appalling snob who took great delight in showing off how educated he was.

Not a very comfortable experience.

I never returned.
I ate at Terre a Terre once. The waiter was an appalling snob who took great delight in showing off how educated he was. Not a very comfortable experience. I never returned. Poem58
  • Score: 0

10:28am Tue 12 Nov 13

JollyRoger says...

Isn't this the same fire engine we saw at the wrecked BMW incident. Is it the only fire engine we have in Brighton?
Isn't this the same fire engine we saw at the wrecked BMW incident. Is it the only fire engine we have in Brighton? JollyRoger
  • Score: 5

1:27pm Tue 12 Nov 13

Tedious Pedant says...

JollyRoger wrote:
Isn't this the same fire engine we saw at the wrecked BMW incident. Is it the only fire engine we have in Brighton?
As FatherTed11 said, it's the 'Argus fire engine'.
[quote][p][bold]JollyRoger[/bold] wrote: Isn't this the same fire engine we saw at the wrecked BMW incident. Is it the only fire engine we have in Brighton?[/p][/quote]As FatherTed11 said, it's the 'Argus fire engine'. Tedious Pedant
  • Score: 3

3:36pm Tue 12 Nov 13

Ashles says...

Tedious Pedant wrote:
JollyRoger wrote: Isn't this the same fire engine we saw at the wrecked BMW incident. Is it the only fire engine we have in Brighton?
As FatherTed11 said, it's the 'Argus fire engine'.
And it only ever drives on tilted roads.
[quote][p][bold]Tedious Pedant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JollyRoger[/bold] wrote: Isn't this the same fire engine we saw at the wrecked BMW incident. Is it the only fire engine we have in Brighton?[/p][/quote]As FatherTed11 said, it's the 'Argus fire engine'.[/p][/quote]And it only ever drives on tilted roads. Ashles
  • Score: 3

6:37pm Tue 12 Nov 13

Farouche says...

Priceless!

Must admit, can't bear Terre a Terre...silly, overpriced, boring food.
Priceless! Must admit, can't bear Terre a Terre...silly, overpriced, boring food. Farouche
  • Score: 1

7:03pm Tue 12 Nov 13

Rita Snatch says...

A shame that it will soon reopen.... The vilest place that I have ever encountered for breakfast. I'm surprised that they even wash the tea towels!
A shame that it will soon reopen.... The vilest place that I have ever encountered for breakfast. I'm surprised that they even wash the tea towels! Rita Snatch
  • Score: -1

7:17pm Tue 12 Nov 13

Poem58 says...

IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
Why is there so many spam posts on this site recently. Where is the forum monitor? If there isn't the money to employ one, or the latest intern has just left, at least add a report as spam button. Not to much to ask.
You should HAVE tried harder.
[quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: Why is there so many spam posts on this site recently. Where is the forum monitor? If there isn't the money to employ one, or the latest intern has just left, at least add a report as spam button. Not to much to ask.[/p][/quote]You should HAVE tried harder. Poem58
  • Score: 0

8:33pm Tue 12 Nov 13

Levent says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
wietraurig wrote:
"... hit by the strange phenomena...".
It's phenomenon for G*d's sake. Phenomena is plural. The levels of literacy and editing at the Argus continue to plummet.
How can you stoop lower when already at rock bottom?
Stupid reply wasn't it? But since you asked, try rolling over and you'll no doubt fall from the gutter into the sewer. No "stoop" needed in your case bozo!
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wietraurig[/bold] wrote: "... hit by the strange phenomena...". It's phenomenon for G*d's sake. Phenomena is plural. The levels of literacy and editing at the Argus continue to plummet.[/p][/quote]How can you stoop lower when already at rock bottom?[/p][/quote]Stupid reply wasn't it? But since you asked, try rolling over and you'll no doubt fall from the gutter into the sewer. No "stoop" needed in your case bozo! Levent
  • Score: 1

8:43pm Tue 12 Nov 13

Levent says...

Poem58 wrote:
I ate at Terre a Terre once.

The waiter was an appalling snob who took great delight in showing off how educated he was.

Not a very comfortable experience.

I never returned.
He must have got top marks in the NVQ of how to carry a tray and walk through a door and it seems to have gone to his head. Yep, those educated folk can sure be snooty!
[quote][p][bold]Poem58[/bold] wrote: I ate at Terre a Terre once. The waiter was an appalling snob who took great delight in showing off how educated he was. Not a very comfortable experience. I never returned.[/p][/quote]He must have got top marks in the NVQ of how to carry a tray and walk through a door and it seems to have gone to his head. Yep, those educated folk can sure be snooty! Levent
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Thu 14 Nov 13

davedebrax says...

pmhart007 wrote:
chilliman wrote:
Mineral oils, such as white spirit, and some edible oits can self-heat If the cooking oils are thoroughly washed out you would think the risk is minimal but a heap of teatowels with a small residue can cause trouble. I wonder if the low temperature washes we tend to use nowadays add to the problem by not removing the oil properly.
A rational comment, thoughful comment. I thought i was reading the Argus. Where are the moans about the greens. You have no place on this board
Let sleeping dogs lie!
[quote][p][bold]pmhart007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chilliman[/bold] wrote: Mineral oils, such as white spirit, and some edible oits can self-heat If the cooking oils are thoroughly washed out you would think the risk is minimal but a heap of teatowels with a small residue can cause trouble. I wonder if the low temperature washes we tend to use nowadays add to the problem by not removing the oil properly.[/p][/quote]A rational comment, thoughful comment. I thought i was reading the Argus. Where are the moans about the greens. You have no place on this board[/p][/quote]Let sleeping dogs lie! davedebrax
  • Score: 0

11:34am Fri 15 Nov 13

notaconspiracy says...

That looks like a Fire Engine. Is this one of those theme cafes?
That looks like a Fire Engine. Is this one of those theme cafes? notaconspiracy
  • Score: -1

3:13pm Fri 15 Nov 13

Brian Snow says...

I know it seems daft, but I was at a fire seminar last month and we were warned about stuff taken out of the tumble dryer. You must let it finish the cool down programme at the end - by taking it all out hot, then folding it, it actually allows a reaction to occur which continues to generate heat and (some hours) later to smoulder then catch fire.

A similar thing happens with wheat bags (one of the more common call outs these days). People think that an extra minute in the microwave will keep them warm for longer but it starts that same reaction.

Personally I blame the Greens.
I know it seems daft, but I was at a fire seminar last month and we were warned about stuff taken out of the tumble dryer. You must let it finish the cool down programme at the end - by taking it all out hot, then folding it, it actually allows a reaction to occur which continues to generate heat and (some hours) later to smoulder then catch fire. A similar thing happens with wheat bags (one of the more common call outs these days). People think that an extra minute in the microwave will keep them warm for longer but it starts that same reaction. Personally I blame the Greens. Brian Snow
  • Score: 2

9:20pm Tue 26 Nov 13

sir to you says...

Can't they flog them on as prayer mats?
Can't they flog them on as prayer mats? sir to you
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Somedude12345 says...

I Blame Al Qaeda
I Blame Al Qaeda Somedude12345
  • Score: 0

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