Hartlepool pub damaged by fire sells for £25k – but future is uncertain

The fire damaged New Inn
The fire damaged New Inn

A PUB which was destroyed in a fire earlier this year has been sold at an auction - but its future still remains uncertain.

The New Inn, in Durham Street, on the Headland, sold for £25,000 when it went under the hammer at Eddisons, in Leeds, last week.

The fire damaged New Inn

The fire damaged New Inn

But admin assistants for the firm were unable to reveal to the Mail what the buyer intends to do with the building in the future.

The bar area was completely destroyed when the pub went up in flames in September this year.

The pub never reopened but Amy Hardaker, administration assistant for Eddisons, revealed how there had been a number of interested parties who came to the town for a site viewing ahead of the auction with the pub’s guide price at £20,000.

She told the Mail how, in cases like this, some interested parties plan to refurbish the building and reopen it as a pub, while others will decide to knock it down and build residential properties.

It remains to be seen what the winning bidder has planned for the building in the future.

The description of the pub online ahead of the auction said the building is in full need of a refurbishment.

The pub’s former landlord Peter Watson, was left fighting for his life, after he was dragged unconscious from his burning home above the pub by firefighters when the blaze took hold.

His wife Christine had to be helped down from a first floor window, but fortunately escaped any injuries.

Cleveland Fire Brigade launched an immediate investigation into the cause of the blaze, but could not determine what started the fire.

Five fire appliances had rushed to the pub when the fire broke out in the early hours of Monday, September 2.