Probe under way as fire ravages historic pub

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A 12th century historic building in North Wales has been completely destroyed by fire.

The blaze engulfed Rhiw Goch Inn near Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd, in the early hours of Sunday.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said there were no casualties at the scene, close to a holiday village, as a joint investigation with police was launched.

Six firefighting appliances, two water bowsers and an aerial ladder platform were used to tackle the blaze at the pub, which started at about 12.30am.

Group manager Kevin Jones, community safety manager for Conwy and Denbighshire said: “The cause of the fire, which destroyed 100% of the historic building, is under investigation.

“Thankfully no-one was injured and the efforts of the fire fighters in attendance prevented the fire spreading to the adjacent buildings.”

Inspector Jason Higgins, of North Wales Police, added: “We believe a number of students were staying at the location at the time and would be keen to hear from them.

“We are also appealing to anyone who may have filmed the fire on their mobile phone to contact police on 101 quoting reference W146588.”

According to its website, Rhiw Goch was originally built as a farmhouse in the 12th century before Harlech Castle.

The War Department bought the site in 1905 for the Royal Artillery training camp and a hall bar was built for the officers’ mess before the Army left in the mid 1950s.

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