Coronation Street star shares update after Ivy restaurant fire –

Coronation Street star shares update after Ivy restaurant fire –

Simon Gregson and wife Emma Gleave at the National Television Awards 2010

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Coronation Street actor Simon Gregson was involved in a real-life drama this week after he was present during a fire at Manchester restaurant The Ivy.

Simon, who plays Steve McDonald in the ITV soap, was at the restaurant with his wife Emma Gleave and some friends celebrating a birthday when the blaze broke out and everyone was evacuated.

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Emma shared a video of the fire and acknowledged that they were at the restaurant on Twitter on Friday (January 4), writing: “The ivy Manchester is now on fire! What a lucky escape @simongregson123,”

As another Twitter user later shared the video and jokingly asked Simon if he’d lit the patio heater, the actor revealed how close he was to the incident, writing: “I was just down the corridor. Crazy man.”

He also praised the restaurant staff for their work in getting people out, adding later: “Hats off to the staff at the ivy yesterday for getting everyone out safe.”

Hats off to the staff at the ivy yesterday for getting everyone out safe

— simon gregson (@simongregson123) January 5, 2019

The fire broke out on Friday evening but was “quickly contained”, according to the restaurant’s owners.

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“The fire at the Ivy Spinningfields was quickly and very efficiently contained by the excellent work of the fire services,” a spokesman for Ivy Collection said (via BBC News), adding that it was “limited to part of the roof” and that all other areas of the building were unaffected.

The restaurant has since re-opened.

Meanwhile, Gregson’s on-screen alter-ego Steve is set to face some serious drama himself in the coming months, as his 14-year-old daughter Amy Barlow discovers that she is pregnant.

Amy will face pressure from Steve and her mum Tracy Barlow to have an abortion but she has a change of heart and decides to keep the baby. In a further twist, the baby’s father will be revealed as gang leader Tyler Jefferies, who tormented Amy’s cousin Simon Barlow for months.

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