'You can't break us' vow diner bosses after fire at new premises months after last shop destroyed in arson attack

A diner which relaunched after an arson attack has made a promise to return once again after another fire broke out at its new premises.

Wednesday, 18th November 2020, 2:29 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th November 2020, 5:03 pm

Corey Longstaff joined forces with Vicki Hutchinson to set up CL's Diner in Eden Street, Horden, after Corey’s original shop in Middle Street, Blackhall, was targeted on July 17.

Fire crews spent 90 minutes at the scene bringing the fire under control and managing the aftermath of the blaze.

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Corey Longstaff (inset) whose new diner business has been damaged by fire months after his previous premises was attacked by arsonists

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An investigation is underway to establish the cause of the blaze and police have increased patrols in the area.Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Lawrence, of Durham Constabulary, said: “We were called to reports of a fire at business premise on Fifth Street, Horden, at about 10pm on Tuesday evening. No-one was injured.

“Our enquiries are ongoing. In the meantime, we have increased the number of patrols in the area.”

The cafe had been offering takeaways and deliveries during the latest lockdown.

Police remained in the area following the fire at C & V's Diner, which broke out just before 10pm on Tuesday, November 17.

In messages posted on Facebook, Corey said: “Yes, I can’t believe I’m writing this but it’s happened again sorry everyone but we will be closed until further notice.”

A note posted on the business page vowed: “You might burn us out but you can’t break us.

“We will be back again.”

A County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said today: “Reports of a fire in a business premises on Eden Street, Horden, came into our control room at 9.59pm on Tuesday, November 17.

"Two crews from Peterlee attended the scene together with our colleagues from Durham Police.

"Crews worked hard to extinguish the fire and left the scene at 11.30pm.

“An investigation will now be carried out into the cause of the fire.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force on 101, quoting incident reference 412 of November 17, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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