Police search after arsonists torch grade two listed building in Sutton on Sea

Arsonists hit the building in Furlongs Road, Sutton on Sea.
Arsonists hit the building in Furlongs Road, Sutton on Sea.

POLICE are on the hunt for arsonists after a historic grade two listed building in Sutton on Sea was ruined by a fire on Saturday night.

Waveland, a cottage made from an old railway signal building in Furlongs Road, went up in flames before three fire crews attended around 9.40pm.

At the time of the fire the property was uninhabited and fortunately no one was hurt, but Lincolnshire Police say they are treating the incident as suspicious.

Waveland is one of three historic buildings in Furlongs Road, it sits alongside Marsoville and Lindum, the former being a home made from two converted railway carriages.

All three were converted from holiday cottages into homes.

English Heritage, the national organisation who oversee listed buildings, told the Leader they were ‘saddened’ by the news, and would be working with East Lindsey District Council to see if anything from the building can be salvaged.

Police along with fire crews from Alford, Mablethope and North Somercotes rushed to the scene and reported 80 per cent damage to the ground floor and 20 per cent to the first floor.

The road was closed while the fire and rescue crews fought the blaze, and they later stated their belief that the fire was deliberate.

It is not known when the property was last occupied.

An onlooker reported that the building was still standing, but was ‘heavily burnt all the way round’ and looked very weak.

James Gilbert, the district council’s spokesman, said: “It’s always very sad when buildings like this are damaged.

“We now need a detailed structural assessment so we can take an informed view as to what the options are for the building before we make any decisions as to future intentions.”

Grade two listed buildings are defined as ‘nationally important and of special interest’.

Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the blaze to call them on their non-emergency 101 number, quoting incident 450 of Saturday, June 9.

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