A historic pub in the centre of Liverpool has been gutted by a fire, leading to fears it will be demolished as a result of safety fears.
The Punch and Judy, which is situated in the city centre, was gripped by the blaze in the early hours of yesterday morning (June 28th), following an explosion.
Police suspect arson and have already questioned the landlord of the fire-ravaged establishment, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The fire caused the roof of the pub, located near Lyme Street Railway Station, to cave in and engineers were forced to pull down some of the remaining structure to prevent the risk of collapse.
A spokesman for Liverpool city council told the newspaper that inspectors will decide today whether to condemn the pub. He added that the road on which the pub is located would remain closed for as long as three days, while the clean-up operation gets underway.
Landlords of pus found not to be in compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 can face significant fines. Breaches can include no fire risk assessment, no emergency signs or no fire extinguishers.