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Nightingale pub partially destroyed by fire in Hornsey 'emotional' for whole community
A man who witnessed a fire rip through a disused pub has said the loss is “emotional” for the whole community.
In the early hours of yesterday morning, the ground floor of the Nightingale pub, on the corner of Nightingale Lane and Brook Road in Hornsey, was partially destroyed by a blaze.
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers, who were called to the scene at 2.12am, battled for more than an hour to bring the blaze under control.
Robert Springate, who lives down the road from the pub, witnessed the fire.
He said: “The pub started burning just after midnight and nobody knows what caused it.
“There had been squatters living in there but they were evicted on Friday and from the looks of it they had nothing to do with it.
“I got up at about 1.30 and I could smell burning. I looked around the house to see if anything was on fire first and that’s when I noticed it was coming from outside.
“I live about half a dozen doors down from the pub and I wandered out just as the fire brigade were turning up.”
No one was inside the building when the fire started and firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze.
Mr Springate described the loss of the pub as “emotional”. He said he could not remember a time when the Nightingale was not around.
He said: “It’s emotional for all of us because we all liked to have the Nightingale around – it was a friendly place.
"The pub closed in March because there were not enough customer coming to the pub because people can’t pay the price of beer these days I guess.
“It’s sad because there has always been a pub on the site for longer than anyone can remember.”
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