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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Bucknall Pub Fire Started Deliberately

05/12/2011

A pub fire which took over 30 firefighters over three hours to extinguish was started deliberately Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has revealed.

“A fire investigation has established that the fire was deliberately started and the police have been informed. Whoever started this fire obviously didn’t think about the lives they endangered, including their own. "

Station Manager Glynn Luznyj.

Crews were alerted to the blaze at the old Queen of Hearts pub at just after 8.00am this morning and appliances from Hanley, Longton, Newcastle and Sandyford were sent to it.

The aerial ladder platform from Longton and control unit from Stone were also requested to attend to help deal with the incident.

Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj said: “The pub has not been used for some time and was secured with steel shutters. We had to use our hydraulic cutting equipment to gain entry so that firefighters could get in with the necessary equipment to start tackling the fire.

“It appears that fires were set on the ground and first floor which spread throughout the building. Three main jets and a hose role jet were used to tackle the main fire whilst the aerial ladder platform doused the flames from above.

“A fire investigation has established that the fire was deliberately started and the police have been informed. Whoever started this fire obviously didn’t think about the lives they endangered, including their own.

“Disused buildings are sealed off for a reason – because they’re potentially dangerous. Starting fires deliberately is an incredibly stupid thing to do and meant that five fire crews were tied up for over three hours. Luckily, no other incidents happened nearby at the same time, otherwise our response could have been delayed.”

Fire crews remain at the incident this afternoon damping down.

Anyone with any info, should contact the police non- emergency number 101 and quote incident number 237 of 5th December or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.