Police investigation launched over Thorney Close Inn fire

Police have launched an investigation into the cause of a fire at the former Thorney Close inn social club last week.

The fire broke at the vacant club on Saturday night. However, firefighters were able to bring it under control within an hour, preventing the structure from being destroyed and meeting the same fate as venues as The Cavalier or the Golden Lion.

A Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We can confirm that on Saturday evening (15th June), four crews were in attendance at a building fire in Sunderland. We received an emergency call at 8.02 pm, and fire appliances from Farringdon, Rainton Bridge and Sunderland Central Community Fire Stations were deployed to the two-storey derelict property on Thorndale Road

“The service is working with our police colleagues to determine the source of the fire. Firefighters left the scene at 8.47 pm after the fire was successfully extinguished.”

Only months previously had the local community fiercely campaigned to save the former venue after plans turn it into accommodation that was widely perceived to be a bail hostel.

The plans were dropped in the face of opposition.