‘You can’t break us’ – Heartbreak as fire breaks out at Durham diner just months after arson attack

The proprietor of a diner which was left in ruins in a merciless arson attack was left devastated after a fire broke out at his new premises just months later.

CL’s Diner in Blackhall, County Durham, was set on fire within the early hours of Friday, July 17 after solely opening in May.

Its proprietor, Corey Longstaff then teamed up with Vicki Hutchinson to arrange C&V’s diner on Eden Street in Horden which opened final month.

But tragically, a fire broke out at the brand new premises on Tuesday, November 17 at round 10pm leaving Corey devastated as soon as once more.

It’s the third time Corey has confronted a set-again with vandals additionally breaking in and setting off fire extinguishers again in May.

Thankfully after the preliminary fire, the local people rallied round Corey and arrange a fundraising web page to assist increase funds for the a lot-cherished diner and Corey bounced again.

And regardless of the latest fire, Corey mentioned in a defiant publish: “I can’t imagine I’m scripting this nevertheless it’s occurred once more sorry everybody however we might be closed till additional discover!

“You may burn us out however you can’t break us! We might be again once more.”

Durham Constabulary and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service have been referred to as to the scene and an investigation is now underneath method.

The injury induced from the arson attack in July

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Lawrence, of Durham Constabulary, mentioned: “We have been referred to as to experiences of a fire at a enterprise premise on Fifth Street, Horden, at about 10pm on Tuesday night.

“No-one was injured.

“Our enquiries are ongoing. In the meantime, we’ve got elevated the variety of patrols within the space.

“We would ask one who witnessed the incident or has any CCTV to name Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident reference 412 of November 17.

“Alternatively, name Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

A County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson mentioned: “Reports of a fire in a enterprise premises on Eden Street, Horden, got here into our management room at 9.59pm on Tuesday, November 17.

“Two crews from Peterlee attended the scene along with our colleagues from Durham Police.

“Crews labored arduous to extinguish the fire and left the scene at 11.30pm.

“An investigation will now be carried out into the reason for the fire.”

Source: www.chroniclelive.co.uk


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