Arsonists destroy disused two storey £160,000 farmhouse at Gorefield near Wisbech

Gorefield arson

Gorefield arson - Credit: Archant

A disused £160,000 farmhouse was destroyed by arsonists yesterday.

The disused building was decimated by the fire. Picture: FENCOPS.

The disused building was decimated by the fire. Picture: FENCOPS. - Credit: Archant

Police are appealing for information after the blaze at Charity Farmhouse in Goredike Bank, Gorefield, Wisbech, between midday and 10pm.

PC Matt Smart said: “It is clear this was a deliberate ignition as the electrics had been disconnected by the owner, therefore an accidental electrical fire has been ruled out by the fire service.

“Fortunately no one was hurt but under different circumstances it could have been fatal.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Smart on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The disused building was decimated by the fire. Picture: FENCOPS.

The disused building was decimated by the fire. Picture: FENCOPS. - Credit: Archant


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The derelict farmhouse was decimated by the blaze - the roof and first floor collapsed.

At 9.50pm on Sunday, two crews from Wisbech, a turntable ladder from Dogsthorpe and one crew from Long Sutton in Lincolnshire were called to the fire.

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Firefighters put out the blaze using hose reels and jets and returned to their stations by 2.10am.

Station Commander Jamie Johnson said: “The crews arrived to find a well developed fire with flames coming through the roof of the building. They got to grips with it quickly to ensure the fire didn’t spread any further.

“The fire caused significant damage to the structure of the building. The roof and the first floor collapsed as a result, meaning we could not tackle the fire from the inside.”

Police wish to be alerted about anybody behaving suspiciously at the time.

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