A derelict Worcester Park pub’s owners are “devastated” after it was “destroyed” during an early morning blaze.

Around 40 firefighters in six fire engines rushed to the Worcester Park Tavern, in Park Terrace, as they were called at 5.15am yesterday morning (February 4).

The building, which was broken into by a group of travellers just days before, was devastated by the fire according to the London Fire Brigade.

Though there were no reports of any injuries.

Firefighters tackled the blaze for several hours before the situation was deemed under control shortly after 8am.

Images and video footage show crews from New Malden, Surbiton and Sutton stations at the scene as smoke plumes filled the grey morning sky.

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A spokeswoman for Splendid Hospitality Group said: “Splendid Hospitality Group, which owns the disused Worcester Park Tavern pub, was devastated to learn of a fire at the building.

“Representatives of Splendid Hospitality rushed to site as firefighters worked expeditiously to put the fire out.

“Senior board members were kept appraised of the situation from when the fire was reported and is attending site. The building has now been secured, and thankfully there were no fatalities nor injuries.

“This incident follows the removal by bailiffs of travellers from the site last week.

“Splendid Hospitality Group has plans to develop the Worcester Park Tavern into a 132-bedroom hotel, which has been well-received by the local community.”

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The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities.

Up until the fire, Splendid Hospitality Group installed permanent security staff and “made the site safe” following the break-in last week.

Residents and eyewitnesses claimed to spot caravans arriving at the Worcester Park Tavern after travellers gained access before police were called to the scene.

But the news comes as the owners prepare to submit plans for a 132-bed hotel to Kingston Council after more than five years of “working with the council to agree a solution”.