Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a derelict building at Old Redding near Harrow Weald this morning.
A derelict two-storey ‘Gatehouse’ building located outside Grim’s Dyke Hotel was destroyed by the fire.
An eye witness told Harrow Online: “Very sad to see the gate house so badly damaged but it had been neglected and was on bad repair which is a shame as it is a listed building. Let’s home the hotel restore it to its former glory very soon”
They continued: “No other information yet but it appears to have started around 5am. The gate house was unoccupied so hopefully it was not deliberate.Very sad to see this.”
Thankfully London Fire Brigade confirmed that there were no reports of any injuries caused by the fire.
The Brigade was called at 0508 and the fire was under control by 0711. Fire crews from Stanmore and Harrow fire stations attended the scene.
Another member of Harrow Online said: “Anyone know what is going on between Old Redding and Brooks Hill? Tried to go up to Bushey petrol station via Old Redding – waved back by police. Brooks Hills blocked off at roundabout at top of Harrow Weald, too, by three police cars.”
Met Police told Harrow Online that they were on site helping London Fire Brigade. They said: “fire at a derelict/ unused building in proximity to / grounds of hotel, not hotel itself.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The gatehouse was a listed building and was constructed in the late 1800s.