Coronation Street star Simon Gregson has praised the staff of the Ivy Hotel in Manchester for getting all of the guests out safely from the restaurant when the building caught fire. The actor, best known for playing hapless Steve McDonald on the ITV soap, was with his wife Emma Gleave when they were attending a friends birthday bash at the venue.
When the fire broke out, everyone was evacuated and Emma shared a video of the flames billowing out of the upper part of the building and exclaimed on Twitter that she and Simon had a very narrow escape.
Simon confirmed to his followers that he had been close to the incident before thanking the staff in the restaurant for ensuring that everyone inside was evacuated safely.
According to the BBC, the fire, which broke out after the restaurant had only been open for a month, was started by a patio heater but a spokesperson for the Ivy later confirmed that it was quickly contained and brought under control by the fire services.
Hats off to the staff at the ivy yesterday for getting everyone out safe
— simon gregson (@simongregson123) January 5, 2019
The spokesperson for Ivy Collection told BBC News: The fire at the Ivy Spinningfields was quickly and very efficiently contained by the excellent work of the fire services. It was limited to part of the roof. They clarified that the rest of the building remained unaffected.
Simons night out is almost as dramatic as what is coming up for his character Steve on the Street but not quite!
Steve will soon learn that his 14-year-old daughter Amy Barlow is pregnant – and it will kick off a major storyline for the character group. Show boss Iain MacLeod told Metro.co.uk: The storyline becomes more than being just about a teenage pregnancy – it becomes about family and Steve and Tracys relationship. It forces them to instantly grow up, be parents for the first time in history.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbG7T-WXawQ?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&start=4&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=360]
Its really good – it gives a leading role to Elle Mulvaney who deserves the chance to step up and do something a bit more grown up so Im very much looking forward to that. Its also really funny – Steve and Tracy dealing with a teenage pregnancy, its not like a normal couple dealing with a teenage pregnancy. There are scenes reminiscent of Peter Griffin in Family Guy – Steve goes fully postal at certain times. Its very funny, classic Steve with that Corrie heart – heartbreaking but ridiculous at the same time.