Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Inquiry following Southampton pub 'arson attack'

The Red Lion in Commercial Road, Totton
Image caption Almost 50 firefighters were involved in extinguishing the overnight blaze

A suspected arson attack which destroyed the roof of a derelict pub in Southampton is being investigated.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the Red Lion in Commercial Road, Totton, at 2340 BST on Sunday.

Almost 50 firefighters tackled the overnight blaze, which also severely damaged the first floor.

Fire investigators and police have now begun an investigation. A fire service spokesman said: "This could have been a much more serious incident."

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