A LANDLADY says she feels “sick to her stomach” to see her former Spalding pub gutted by fire.
Carrie Lawrence said she was “nearly in tears” thinking about the damage arsonists did to The Anchor in Commercial Road.
Firefighters spent several hours getting the blaze under control after being called out at 1.20am on Tuesday.
Mrs Lawrence, who still lives near the pub, said: “I was woken up by the blue lights and the dogs barking.
“I feel sick to my stomach. I had my engagement party there and my wedding reception. People have lots of good memories of that pub.”
Mrs Lawrence said The Anchor had been closed since January 19 because of a dispute over who was responsible for paying for repairs to a sewer problem.
However, since it closed, the building had been broken into and extensive damage caused to the inside.
She said urinals had been ripped off the wall, internal doors broken and there had been evidence of people drinking upstairs. Security shutters were only put in place last week.
Mrs Lawrence said she had been in talks with the brewery to get the pub running once again.
“We thought it would only be shut until someone decided who was responsible for paying for repairs,” she said. “But the more it got broken into, the harder it was.
“This fire was the final straw.”
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident.
PC Paul Smith, of Spalding Police Station, said: “The pub has been closed for a couple of months but this fire still caused considerable damage to the property.
“We would like to speak to anyone who has seen any suspicious activity around the pub in the last couple of days.”
Anyone with information should contact Spalding Police Station on 0300 1110300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.