UPDATE: Police investigating suspected arson attack on ex-RAF building in Manby

Eyewitness Shaun Smith sent us this photo of the blaze.
Eyewitness Shaun Smith sent us this photo of the blaze.

Lincolnshire Police are investigating whether a huge blaze at a historic former RAF building in Manby late on Tuesday night was the result of an arson attack.

Four fire crews were called to The Charterhouse on Manby Business Park, near to the East Lindsey District Council offices, at around 8.30pm.

The derelict building, a former RAF Sergeants’ mess, suffered severe damage to its ground floor and although Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have refused to confirm the cause police suspect it may have been an arson attack.

Two crews from Louth as well as further crews from North Somercotes and Mablethorpe were scrambled to the scene and were on site for a number of hours damping down the flames.

Eyewitness Shaun Smith said he believed a hole had been dug in the flooring which was then filled with carpet and set alight.

The Charterhouse, a grade two listed building, dates back to 1935 having been built by the by the Air Ministry architect A Bulloch.

A former Sergeants’ mess and quarters for RAF Manby until the base closed in 1974, it then became offices before falling derelict.

It has been a target for vandals on a number of occasions in the past.

Any witnesses who may be able to help the police can call them on 101, quoting incident 461 of May 14.

Watch a video of the blaze by clicking here.