Black Horse burning: emergency services surround the scene of the blaze (Pic courtesy Craig Smith)
Dateline: 16 March 2011 UPDATED 17 March 2011
Emergency services were called to an historic pub in Leamore, near Bloxwich, on Wednesday evening when a blaze was reported. From around 6pm for about two hours, the centre of Leamore was sealed off by police cars, and buses to
According to first local reports, a large fire had taken hold on the first floor of The Black Horse, on the corner of
It is now possible (17/3/2011) however to confirm that in fact there was no person or animal involved in the fire, and that the person initially suspected of being a victim is in fact in prison. The blaze, we now know, was certainly the result of intruders breaking into the upstairs bedroom of the building and deliberately setting fire to the residential area of the pub at around 6pm.
The incident was attended by at least two arson investigation and fire vans, together with three fire engines and three
The Black Horse, a classic Edwardian pub that has seen better days since being built around 1900, has been closed since mid-2010, a victim of the economic downturn which has shut so many pubs in Bloxwich and
The once-popular watering hole is the second closed historic pub to suffer a fiery fate in recent months; The Bull's Head in
Only one pub now remains open in Leamore - the 1960s-built Railway Inn.
Our thanks to Josh Williams of Bloxwich for background information and Craig Smith for the photo above. Also to West Midlands Fire Service and Walsall Express & Star for updated information.
Photos taken the day after the fire may be viewed on Flickr here.