McDonald’s apologises after refusing to serve free drinks to firefighters battling a major fire

McDonald’s apologises after refusing to serve free drinks to firefighters battling a major fire
The fire at the B&M store in York (Photo: North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service)

Fast food giant McDonald’s has apologised after knocking back a request to serve free drinks to firefighters who had been battling a blaze at a York branch of retailer B&M.

Crews from across the county spent hours tackling the fire at the city’s Clifton Moor retail park on Saturday (13 Oct).

Bought drinks by members of the public

Some of the firefighters are reported to have visited a nearby McDonald’s while taking a break from their exhausting work at the scene.

They are said to have asked if the restaurant could supply them with free refreshments as they were not carrying any cash. But their request was reportedly refused, prompting members of the public to step in and buy the firefighters the drinks out of their own pockets.

McDonald’s admits its mistake

A spokesman for McDonald’s said this evening: “We value the fantastic work of our emergency services and thank the individuals that dedicate their lives to protecting our local community.

“On this occasion, we would like to apologise to the firefighters who bravely tackled last night’s fire.

“They should have been provided with free refreshments on the night as a small recognition for their efforts.”

10 fire engines needed to fight the blaze

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire, which left the B&M building a “burnt-out shell”.

Police officers were forced to close roads due to hazardous driving conditions caused by smoke billowing from the scene.

North Yorkshire Police said the fire started in B&M’s storage yard, with 10 engines and two aerial ladder platforms being used to bring it under control. No-one was hurt in the incident.

A version of this article originally appeared on our sister site, The Yorkshire Post