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A report in the Rochdale Observer June 2009

 

 

Fire crews dampen down the blaze site

FIRE has devastated the former Red Admiral Pub in Milnrow Road.

Firefighters from Rockdale station were called to the blaze at 5.45am on Friday (19 June 2009).

Milnrow Road was cordoned off and early morning traffic had to be diverted. It is believed that the fire was started deliberately in a derelict room on the first floor.

There was nobody in the building when firefighters arrived.

But police have reports that there were people in the building, which is frequently used by prostitutes, as late as 8pm the previous evening.

At its height flames soared up to 12ft above the roof, causing the roof to collapse and destroying every room in the building.

As the Observer went to press firefighters were still on the scene damping down and were expecting to be there for most of the day.

A dangerous buildings inspector has been called to access the damage and decide whether the building must be completely demolished.

Watch commander, Nick Griffin, said: "The building has been pretty much totally burnt out.

"The fire started on the first floor and the roof has collapsed in, we’ll be here the best part of the day damping down.

"The dangerous buildings inspector is coming over to see if it has to be demolished."