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Derby Hippodrome fire being treated as arson

The Hippodrome pictured in 2008. Photo: Theatres Trust The Hippodrome pictured in 2008. Photo: Theatres Trust
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A fire that ripped through the derelict Derby Hippodrome earlier this week is being treated as arson by police and the local fire service.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has not yet investigated the venue’s interior since the fire on March 6, as the building is still too dangerous to enter.

Station manager and fire investigator Chris Smith said: “Due to the dangerous condition of the building, a joint police and fire internal scene examination has not been possible.”

He continued: “However, based on knowledge of the building and previous fires, the most probable cause of the fire has been determined as deliberate.”

This is the third major fire the 100-year-old theatre has suffered in eight years, with previous blazes in 2008 and 2009.

The building’s owner, Blake Finance, could not be reached for comment.

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