Catford Bridge Tavern burns

Plans for the Catford Bridge Tavern - a pub with a convoluted and problematic recent history - have suffered a setback as the pub caught fire this evening. Catching alight is an unfortunately common problem for Lewisham pubs.

The London Fire Brigade reports:

Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters and officers are currently tackling a fire at a pub under refurbishment on Doggett Road in Catford.

Firefighters led four people to safety from the building and they have been taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service suffering light smoke inhalation.

The whole of the roof and second floor and part of the first floor is alight. Trains travelling through nearby Catford Bridge station are doing so at a reduced speed. Firefighters from Greenwich, Lee Green, Bromley, Forest Hill, Lewisham, Bromley, East Greenwich and Orpington fire stations are at the scene. The Brigade was called at 1754. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

18 comments:

Chris Wheal said...

Was it owned by Antic? First Jam Circus, then this.....

Mike Acord said...

It was a antic pub, until it moved to the constitution down the road. Tescos still holding on trying to turn it into a express?

inspector clouseu... said...

So the roof catching fire of a pub undergoing a slow renovation?


I seem to remember that happening to another local pub.

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/11205178.Cannabis_factory_fire_tears_through_New_Cross_pub/

ianerc said...

If Tesco's hadn't been so eager to let it rot to bits.... It looked like a fire trap the last time I saw it.

Headhunter said...

This does seem to have become a reccuring theme for pubs in Lewisham...

Smell a Rat said...

How convenient. If the building turns out now to be beyond repair it can be demolished and the site redeveloped far more lucratively . . . .

Tin Foil Hat man said...

Owner couldn't get planning for a Tesco. Fire turns pub into a burnt out shell. What are the odds that the owner leaves it as an eyesore for a while before submitting a new Tesco planning application? Its almost too convenient...

anonymous said...

It would be interesting to find out how a fire like this has an effect on the overall build. Does it actually makes things easier for a developer trying to get planning permissions through, added cash injection for build, etc...?

Nick said...

Lots of guesswork in these comments. Here's an update from the owners of the CBT Solitaire:

Last night, the fire brigade attended a fire at The Catford Bridge Tavern. The fire was extinguished and no-one was hurt. The LFB web site notes that they weren't treating the incident as suspicious.

Everyone working on restoring the pub is pleased that no-one was injured in this unfortunate incident. Michael Nicholas from Solitaire Restaurants, owner of The Catford Bridge Tavern, notes: 'We’re not in a position to comment on the fire, but we are working to ensure that the site is safe and secure. Our intention has always been to reopen the pub and nothing has changed in that regard.'

http://catfordtavern.com/

Local site for local people said...

Brockely Central!? Why nothing on the develoments in, wait for it, central Brockley? Are the BX renovations good news? Wasn't it nice without the advertising hoardings? What is going up and up right next to the station (in central Brockley) for example?

Headhunter said...

I think all these things have already been discussed.....

Headhunter said...

I hope it does change nothing, the redevelopment plans look pleasant enough however as with Albertines on Lewisham Way, I wonder how viable it will all be now that there has been what appears to be a major fire in the building...

Brockley Nick said...

There are stories on all of these things. One is the second-top story on th site as I write this.

Tin Foil Hat Man said...

Yeah, Solitaire may well have the best intentions but insurance claims and rebuilding will take ages and they will be paying interest on their refurbishment financing in the mean time with no corresponding income. In addition, the lease may contain wording which terminates the lease automatically if the building is damaged beyond repair. If I were them I would be checking their lease very carefully.
That said, taking my tin foil hat off for a second, I hope that there is no foul play and the pub lives on.

terrencetrentderby said...

I overheard in Top Chef that Jay from Budgens was planning to turn it into a crowdfunded pop up corner shop experience.

LSFLP (fka Ed CPZ) said...

I can find none of these topics (station build, hoardings, BX paint jobs) in the top ten; then I regretfully gave up on this site as a genuine Brockley 'central' resource long ago. I guess a minute by minute account of a tv property show is what I expcted to see.

Brockley Nick said...

If there's something missing, send me an article to publish. If it's good, it'll be run. The "top ten" on the right hand side is automatically compiled based on what people are actually reading.

It's a bit rich to moan about an episode of Location, Location, Location being featured when all you want is a discussion of some property hoardings. That article is here, btw.

http://brockleycentral.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/tell-me-what-you-see.html

One Ontrack said...

Yeah fires at pubs that no one but the council wants to preserve despite the enomous value of the land they occupy is just one of those little things we'll all have to get used to in London.
They'll have to pull it down now.
Either that or cancel the Bakerloo Line Extension into Catford Bridge.

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