Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Fire rips through former pub causing extensive damage

Mitcheldean pub fire
Glos Fire & Rescue

A derelict former pub in the Forest of Dean has been extensively damaged by fire.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue sent five crews to the George Hotel at 03:08 GMT when the flames had already spread across three floors.

The fire later spread to the roof and crews from Cinderford, Coleford, Newent and Gloucester north were forced to contain it from outside the building due to it being an unsafe structure.

Crews had extinguished the flames by about 09:25 GMT, with the cause of the fire at the pub, which has been closed for several years, under investigation.

Investigation launched into bus blaze

Stagecoach bus
Stagecoach bus

Stagecoach has launched an investigation into why one of its vehicles caught fire while carrying passengers.

The incident occurred yesterday evening shortly after 20:00 BST, between Drybrook and Mitcheldean in the Forest of Dean.

Two fire crews from Cinderford attended and remained on the scene until 23:56 BST.

No one was injured, but the bus was extensively damaged and four metres of the road required resurfacing.