Arsonists set fire to derelict hotel in Lancaster

Blaze at St Leonardgate, Lancaster. Pic: Mark Pickup
Blaze at St Leonardgate, Lancaster. Pic: Mark Pickup

A fire that broke out at a disused hotel in Lancaster is being treated as arson.

Fire crews from Lancaster, Carnforth and Bolton-le-Sands who were sent to the fire at the former Crown Hotel on St Leonard Gate discovered recently fitted boarding had been forcibly removed in order to get inside.

Crews were called to the fire at 6pm on April 25.

The crews found the fire was on the first floor level of the three storey building.

Due to the poor state of the building’s internal structure, the majority of the firefighting activity took place from above and outside.

The fire was brought under control at around 7.30pm, but crews remained at the scene damping down until 11pm.

The fire is currently being treated as being of suspicious origin.

If anyone has any further information regarding this incident, contact Lancaster Fire station on 01524 60193, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.