Blaze hits disused Island pub

By Simon Hayes on September 16, 2008 2:08 PM |


A DISUSED Isle of Dogs pub was damaged by fire late on Sunday, despite being next door to Millwall fire station.

Four engines crewed by 20 firefighters were called to the blaze at the Anchor and Hope on Westferry Road at 9.53pm and had the fire under control by 11.24pm. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Obsidian said:

First the fire at the old Vicarage in Strafford Street, now another one at this historic old pub.

Is there an arsonist on the Island with a predilection for burning down any buildings of architectural merit? At face value, it seems suspicious. Who is responsible for investigating these fires and when will we know more?

It would be a huge pity if these buildings were demolished and replaced by yet another sterile looking residential development. If the land these buildings are on is intended for flats, can't housing developers be more creative and preserve the shell of these buildings and convert them? Demolishing yet more of the history on the island would be oafish and philistine.