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Fire at former Cruckton pub

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Flames ripped through a Shropshire pub and destroyed nearly half the building after a fire broke out in the early hours. Fire chiefs investigating the blaze said there were signs of forced entry to the Hare and Hounds in Cruckton, near Shrewsbury. Flames ripped through a Shropshire pub and destroyed nearly half the building after a fire broke out in the early hours. Fire chiefs investigating the blaze said there were signs of forced entry to the Hare and Hounds in Cruckton, near Shrewsbury. About 30 firefighters tackled the flames at the pub, which is currently not open for business, after they were called at about 4.30am. A section of the B4386 Montgomery road was closed for four hours as crews dealt with the blaze.

Flames ripped through a Shropshire pub and destroyed nearly half the building after a fire broke out in the early hours. Fire chiefs investigating the blaze said there were signs of forced entry to the Hare and Hounds in Cruckton, near Shrewsbury.

About 30 firefighters tackled the flames at the pub, which is currently not open for business, after they were called at about 4.30am.

A section of the B4386 Montgomery road was closed for four hours as crews dealt with the blaze.

Fire investigators and scenes of crime officers from West Mercia Police were investigating the circumstances of the fire and police confirmed it was being treated as of "doubtful origin".

Fire crews were still on scene this morning and were expected to be there for most of today damping down and making the area safe.

Paul Fulgoni, from Shrewsbury fire station, said it was believed the fire started in an adjoining building.

"The property is in the process of being modernised and there are quite a lot of building materials inside," he said.

"There is no electricity and there were signs of forced entry.

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"It might have been entry gained by workmen who may have been doing some burning off but we have to speak to some contractors and the developer to make sure we know what activities they were carrying out yesterday afternoon."

Richard Ewels, a spokesman for West Mercia Police, said the fire at the pub was reported by a lorry driver who spotted the flames.

He said: "The fire itself is being treated as of doubtful origin. There's a joint investigation by the fire service and the police."

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