Pub fire treated as arson

A FIRE in the basement of a derelict pub today is being treated as suspicious by police.Fire crews were called to the former Churchill pub in Bramford Road at around 1.

A FIRE in the basement of a derelict pub today is being treated as suspicious by police.

Fire crews were called to the former Churchill pub in Bramford Road at around 1.40pm after a member of the public noticed smoke bellowing out of the building.

Three crews attended the blaze, which saw smoke logging in the basement, first floor and second floor.

A spokesman for the police said they were treating it as arson after finding a door which appeared to have been forced at the rear of the building.

Four breathing apparatuses, one hose reel and a thermal imaging camera were used to tackle the fire which took more than an hour to put out.

No one was hurt in the fire.

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