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Youth quizzed over pub blaze

PUBLISHED: 16:10 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:24 23 August 2010

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A TEENAGER has been arrested by police investigating a suspicious blaze at a 17th century village pub. The 19-year-old, from Dartford, was questioned about the fire at the Black Lion pub, in Red Street, Southfleet, last Tuesday. He was released on poli

A TEENAGER has been arrested by police investigating a suspicious blaze at a 17th century village pub.

The 19-year-old, from Dartford, was questioned about the fire at the Black Lion pub, in Red Street, Southfleet, last Tuesday.

He was released on police bail a day after the fire as detectives continue to probe the inferno.

Kent Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Service have launched a joint investigation into the suspicious blaze, which occurred at about 1.30am.

Flames spread quickly, resulting in a partial collapse of the building as about 40 firefighters from four stations in north Kent tackled the fire for five hours.

Last week residents told of their shock on waking to see the devastation.

Richard Stevens, owner of Red Street Garage, Red Street, Southfleet, said: "It's absolutely dreadful for an old building like that to be gone from the village.

"It seems unlikely they will rebuild it now. It's gut wrenching."

Call Detective Sergeant Dave Masters on 01474 366098 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 with information.

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