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Fire at Worcester pub

Firefighters are working with the police to establish the cause of a fire at a Worcester pub at the weekend.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were called to the Virgin Tavern in Tolladine Road, Worcester, shortly before 12.30am on Saturday 19 June following reports of a fire at the premises, which were believed to be occupied at the time.

it took the five fire crews attending (three from Worcester and two from Droitwich) just over three hours to bring the fire under control and extensive damage was caused to the bar area on the ground floor of the pub.

One man was rescued from the first floor of the building using a ladder. He is not thought to have suffered any serious injury as a result of the fire.

The two firefighters involved in the rescue received medical treatment from ambulance staff at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation.

It is believed that the fire had been started deliberately and investigations are continuing.