Arsonists have torched a pub in Skegby and caused ‘substantial damage’ - the second fire at the premises in the past several months.
The Fox and Crown on Dalestorth Road was set alight around 3am on Friday morning.
It took two fire engines more than hour to put out the flames.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating an arson at the Fox and Crown pub. The fire was reported at 3.37am on Friday 28 November.
“No one was inside the property at the time of the incident. House to house enquiries have been conducted and CCTV is currently being reviewed.”
Residents took to Facebook to say they felt disgusted at the deliberate attack.
Debi Leivers wrote: “It’s not the first time this place has been set a fire, not only have they ruined a perfectly good pub, they’ve destroyed life’s of the landlord and all his staff who are now jobless and Christmas is nearly here.”
She also had concerns for those who had already booked Christmas dinner there.
A pub regular - who did not want to be named said: “The Fox and Crown is such a great pub - a great place everyone meets up.
“It’s awful to hear about the fire here. It really is terrible. It has been closed since the fire so there’s no where we can meet up now so hopefully it can be sorted out before Christmas as that would be a big loss for everybody, the staff as well as the regulars.”
Chad contacted the deputy manager, but she refused to comment.
A spokesperson for Spirit Pub Company said: “We can confirm the pub has suffered extensive fire damage, the police are investigating so it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this point.
“We are working to try and reopen the pub before Christmas, all guests with bookings prior to this are being contacted to discuss relocating their parties.”
Contact the deputy general manager on 07762 789741 for enquiries about pre-existing bookings.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference 075 of 28 November 2014.
Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.