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UPDATE: Police appeal for witnesses as they step up probe into ‘suspicious’ Easter Sunday fire at disused Margate pub The Holly Tree

PUBLISHED: 13:10 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:10 19 April 2017

The Holly Tree pub - formerly known as Ye Olde Charles - in Margate. Photo: Google Street View

The Holly Tree pub - formerly known as Ye Olde Charles - in Margate. Photo: Google Street View

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Nobody is reported to have been injured in the blaze

Police are appealing for witnesses as they step up their investigation into the cause of a “suspicious” fire at a disused pub in Margate on Easter Sunday.

Crews were on the scene at The Holly Tree, on Northdown Road, Cliftonville, for several hours yesterday as officers shut the road to traffic while work to extinguish the blaze continued.

Fire chiefs had warned residents to keep windows and doors closed before using hose reels and main jets supplied by a hydrant, bringing it under control at about 11.30am.

A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “The cause of the fire, which has severely damaged the building, is not yet known. There are no reported injuries.”

The blaze came almost exactly a year after The Holly Tree, formerly known as Ye Olde Charles, took its final orders before the pub and grounds were set to be sold off to make way for a housing development.

The pub kitchen also caught alight back in 2014, when some seven fire engines were needed to tackle the blaze, and the business admitted it subsequently struggled to recover from the damage.

Anyone with information that may help is asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/015118/17.

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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