etectives are treating the fireplace on the historic Crooked Home pub as arson, Staffordshire Police have stated.
Some 30 firefighters had been wanted to sort out the blaze on the pub in Himley, close to Dudley within the West Midlands, on Saturday night and it was demolished two days later.
The drive stated on Wednesday night: “This fireplace has shocked and upset so many given the, albeit not listed, cultural significance and heritage of the constructing.
“This isn’t misplaced on us and a sturdy investigation utilizing all accessible data and forensic alternatives is being carried out.”
The police stated they’ve spoken to the homeowners of the pub and continued to interact with them.
The drive added that hypothesis is extraordinarily unhelpful and will hinder its investigation.
A joint investigation is being carried out by the police and Staffordshire Hearth and Rescue Service.
Police are liaising intently with fireplace investigators, who’ve confirmed the reason for the fireplace can not at present be decided, however the drive stated they’re following up on quite a lot of traces of inquiry.
A specialist fireplace investigator has examined the scene to attempt to decide the reason for the fireplace.
The fireplace service additionally revisited the grounds on Wednesday with a specialist accelerant detection canine to research additional.
Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Chisholm, head of specialist crime at Staffordshire Police, stated: “We perceive the importance of this much-loved constructing, and the upset and anger felt by many, so need to reassure you we’re doing all we are able to to grasp extra about what occurred and who was accountable.
“There may be plenty of misinformation circulating inside communities and on-line, and that is unhelpful. We’re making an attempt to offer correct and well timed updates, however as I’m certain you possibly can respect there’s plenty of work and liaison with quite a lot of companions which must be accomplished, and this takes time.
“There are additionally sure issues that police and fireplace wouldn’t have the powers to cope with, the choice round partial demolition of the constructing, for instance, when the scene was handed again to the proprietor.
“We’re working exhausting with our fireplace colleagues to grasp the reason for the fireplace and are in touch with the landowner, we are going to maintain you up to date with any additional vital developments.”
Anybody with data is inspired to get in contact with the police by way of 101 quoting incident 761 of August 5.
Individuals can even name Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use the Dwell Chat on the Staffordshire Police web site.