Essex

Fire at closed Essex pub 'suspicious'

A fire at a pub in Essex is being treated as suspicious.

The Cricketers, which closed recently for refurbishment, was badly damaged in the fire on Saturday afternoon.

More than 20 firefighters were called to the pub in West Street, Coggeshall, and put out the fire within an hour and a half.

Assistant Divisional Officer Dave Moore said: "The fire appears to be suspicious although an investigation will establish the cause."

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