Pub fire was arson

PUBLISHED: 18:19 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

Blaze was started deliberately, fire investigators have ruled

Blaze was started deliberately, fire investigators have ruled

A BLAZE that gutted a derelict pub was arson, investigators have ruled. The Chieftain pub in Cole Green Lane, WGC, was torched on Friday evening – with fire crews battling through the night to keep it under control.

A BLAZE that gutted a derelict pub was arson, investigators have ruled.

The Chieftain pub in Cole Green Lane, WGC, was torched on Friday evening - with fire crews battling through the night to keep it under control.

Mystery had initially surrounded the cause of the fire, with investigators unable to access the site as it was deemed too dangerous to enter.

But speaking to the WHT today (Thursday), a spokeswoman for Herts Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it was started by arsonists.

She said: "Investigators could not access the building as it was unsafe to do so.

"However, they have set the cause of the fire as deliberate."

Peter Furness-Smith, managing director of brewery McMullen's, had told the WHT earlier this week: "It was a disgraceful and despicable act by whoever did this.

"There were putting the lives of firemen and residents at risk, which is simply despicable."

What remained of the Chieftain, which had been boarded up since November, was today torn down due to safety fears.

For more on that, visit www.whtimes24.co.uk tomorrow.

* Picture taken by WHT reader Adrian Toole.


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