Cambridgeshire

Fire-damaged Cambridge Tivoli pub to be rebuilt

Aerial view of Tivoli pub fire Image copyright Cambridgeshire Fire Service
Image caption Fire crews had to tackle the blaze from above because of the danger of total collapse

A riverside pub damaged by a fire which left it structurally unsafe, will be rebuilt, its owners have said.

The Tivoli pub on Chesterton Road, Cambridge, caught fire in the middle of the night on 14 March. Owners Wetherspoon said they would reopen it.

Firefighters had to tackle the flames "from above as part of the building collapsed", the fire service said.

The company said the pub would remain closed for some time and staff had been located to other branches.

Image copyright Cambridgeshire Fire Service
Image caption The fire damaged the structure of the pub and engineers are still investigating
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Image caption About 40 firefighters were called to the scene of the Tivoli pub fire in March

Eddie Gershon, from Wetherspoon, said at the time of the fire: "It appears to have been a gas fire, starting in the kitchen but no-one was inside the pub."

But a company spokesman has now said: "The site is still being investigated, we has structural engineers on site looking at the premises and it is likely to be closed for a good period of time.

"Wetherspoon aims to rebuild the pub but cannot do anything until the structural engineers have completed their work."

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Image caption The Tivoli pub is a converted cinema that was built in the 1920s

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