Blaze that ripped through Cresswell Arms pub, near Malton, believed to have started accidentally, say firefighters

Firefighters believe a dramatic blaze which ravaged a pub near Malton may have started accidentally.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 10:14 am
Updated Friday, 25th September 2020, 10:18 am

Teams from five different stations were called to the fire at The Cresswell Arms, off the B1257 in Appleton-le-Street, on Wednesday afternoon.

North Yorkshire Fire Service has revealed it caused damage to the kitchen, bar and dining area, roof and upstairs of the building.

There was also extensive smoke damage throughout the pub.

Firefighters at the pub.

They said crews worked hard to create fire breaks to prevent flames spreading to other buildings.

Everyone was out of the building when firefighters arrived and there were no injuries.

Crews were still at the scene yesterday, removing dangerous loose roof tiles and the chimney pot as they had become unsafe because of the fire.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation but the fire service said, at this time, it is believed to be accidental.

Crews from Malton, Pickering, Sherburn, Helmsley and the aerial ladder platform from Scarborough were called to tackle the fire.

People living nearby were asked to close their windows and the road was shut, with diversions in place.

According to the pub's website, it is owned by Rory Queen and his daughter Emily.

The website says: "They and the dedicated team of staff have transformed this once tired building into a sheer delight."