Arson investigation in Langley Mill

An arson probe has been launched after an early morning blaze gutted a derelict pub in Langley Mill.

An arson probe has been launched after an early morning blaze gutted a derelict pub in Langley Mill.

Fire fighters were called to the Mill pub on Station Road at 5am on Thursday –after ‘multiple’ 999 calls were made reporting flames at the building.

It is the second time in three years the eyesore - which is up for sale at auction on September 11 –has been subject to an arson attack.

Incident commander Tony Buckley, of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue said at one point more than 30 fire fighters tackled the flames.

Speaking at the scene on Thursday morning he said: “It was well alight when we were called to it this morning.

“There were multiple calls received with smoke and flames reported.

“The cause is not established yet, but fire investigators will be here later this morning to enter the building.”

Mr Buckley added that the fire had to be tackled from the outside as it was too dangerous for crews to enter the building.

Seven fire engines from appliances in Alfreton, Ilkeston and Kingsway were on scene for six hours controlling the flames.

Station Road and Cromford Road were closed by police in both directions from 5am until shortly after 11am for safety reasons.

Police confirmed investigators had entered the property on Thursday and believe the cause of the fire to be arson.

The 20 by 25 metre building has planning consent to be converted into nine flats and will still go on sale on September 11, a spokesperson for auctioneers Graham Penny Auctions said, despite the fire.

The original guide price of £215,000 has been reduced to £175,000.

The private owner of the building, which closed as a pub in 2008, did not wish to comment this week.

Arsonists targeted the building in 2009 – when 35 fire fighters fought a blaze there for four hours.