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Second arson attack on Aldershot pub

The vacant Lord Campbell pub, in Aldershot, has been targeted by arsonists again. This time the blaze destroyed the roof.

An empty pub was subject to a late-night arson attack for the second time in the space of just over three months.

The Lord Campbell pub, in Alexandra Road, was found ablaze at around 2am on Monday night (July 28), with the main building this time suffering severe damage.

Firefighters from Rushmoor fire station tackled the flames in the first floor and roof space of the pub.

Three pumps, three jets and three hose reels, as well as an aerial ladder platform, were used to extinguish the fire.

The fire was classed as "cause doubtful", meaning that it is likely that it was started deliberately.

Arron Jepp, from White Watch, said: "The public house has been derelict for more than a year and this is the second fire there.

"It was badly damaged, the whole of the first floor and the roof was completely damaged."

Fire behind empty Lord Campbell pub in Aldershot, April 2014
 

The Lord Campbell was closed in July last year after its licence was revoked following police complaints about drug-taking and underage drinking.

This was just days after permission to demolish it and turn it into flats was granted by Rushmoor Borough Council's development control committee.

 
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