Cannabis fire wrecks Albertines

A fire in a cannabis factory in the top floor of the Lewisham Way pub formerly known as Albertines has destroyed the roof of the building and led to major water damage on every floor, including the ground floor bar, which had just been refurbished.

The fire is now out and Lewisham Way has been reopened to traffic. The pub's inglorious history continues.

32 comments:

Judge Rudy said...

drugs are bad.... mmmmkay....

Laura said...

Hopefully everything ok at the Celia Hammond Animal Trust premises next door!?

Judge Rudy said...

i think they will be fine, that stuff is better than catnip....

Brockley Nick said...

Only the pub was damaged.

Danja said...

What a joint.

Nonny said...

Now we know what kind of "coffee shop" this was going to be...

Ian on the Hill said...

And all those police just standing around. Panting.

Gibby said...

So was the lick of paint just a foil?

Monkeyboy said...

I wonder why no one Rizlalised what was goin on there?

Brockley Nick said...

Can we reefer back to the matter in hand please? Sorry to be blunt with you. But it's no toke.

Anon said...

Surely the owner or those renovating must have know.

Headhunter said...

What a shame, it was a handsome building. I wonder if it will ever get repaired and brought into use as a pub again, the cost would surely be uneconomically high now

NAT said...

Yeah. The fairly recent listing of the building would appear to be an irrelevance now, sadly. Another landmark pub gone on Lewisham way.

T bag said...

If it was adequately insured it should be reinstated.

Big loss for New Cross/St Johns.

AliAfro said...

@LondonFire are "on scene & dealing"

AliAfro said...

As usual the insurers do have some wiggle room:

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2011/mar/15/landlords-cannabis-farms-aviva

"Aviva insurance covers damage caused by cannabis farming only if a number of procedures are carried out, including obtaining written employers' references and verified records of a bank account for new tenants, as well as a log of property inspections.

Gordon added: "Employing a letting agent to manage the tenant-vetting process and provide an inspection service on the landlord's behalf is a good option as insurers could refuse a claim if a landlord has been found to neglect their responsibilities."

Brockley Nick said...

It's not gone. There's water damage, that's all. We'll see, but please don't be so quick to let the owners off the hook.

StLW said...

Assume occupants were ok? Looks like they had to to tie curtains together to get out?

T Bag said...

Bit early for doom and gloom, it's not like those requirements are particularly unreasonable either...

Monkeyboy said...

"Three men escaped before the brigade arrived" according to the LFB.

Chris said...

oh dear...

Headhunter said...

Bit more that water damage! The roof has burned off... Unless it gets repaired PDQ the rest of the structure will be significantly damaged as it's now open to the elements...

Brockley Jon said...

And legged it no doubt.

AliAfro said...

It certainly is bit early for doom and gloom - just as it is also a bit early to assume a happy ending. + I agree that the insurance requirements are reasonable - lets just hope that the landlord complied with them - Particularly the one requiring regular property inspections.

Brockley Nick said...

Sure, but that roof was knackered anyway. My understanding from someone who looked at buying it in the past was that the roof would need a lot of structural work, which means that as long as the insurance pays out, it could make a pub more viable there in the long-term.


Of course, the whole thing will need another refit, etc - but no reason why it shouldn't remain a pub.

Monkeyboy said...

Wonder which direction the wind was blowing? I thought the staff on the DLR were looking chilled today.

brockley man said...

Its impossible that the contractors or owners didn't know that there was cannabis plants growing on the top floor of the building they where working in. Come on man!

Richard Elliot said...

Has anyone heard any updates? I know insurance claims can take quite a while, but I thought emergency stabilisation works were normally allowed immediately. It doesn't seem that any work is being done to cover the open roof.

Isitsohardtogetitright said...

*Sigh* we nearly got a nice old fashioned pub back.

Richard Elliot said...

For the last couple of days people have been working in the pub and a skip appeared there today. It's great to see some movement, but the pub is still very open to the elements which can't be doing it any good.

NAT said...

A very welcome development, and not before time. Now can the Malt rise up from the ashes?

Anthony Kelleher said...

I understand the leaseholder of the building was a company called 'Inn Control 4U', run by a chap called Andrew Cook. I don't think the owners will be giving them a good reference after this sparkling performance.

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