Craig Bellamy's marina restaurant fire ruled an accident

Marina restaurant owned by former Premier League star Craig Bellamy is destroyed by fire just days after reopening from lockdown as investigation finds blaze was started accidentally

  • The fire that engulfed The Deck, on Penarth Marina, near Cardiff was an accident
  • Craig Bellamy’s restaurant caught fire on Friday but arson has been ruled out
  • Firefighters spent two hours battling the flames after everyone evacuated was 

An investigation has found the fire that destroyed football star Craig Bellamy’s marina restaurant was an accident.   

The high-end bar and grill The Deck, on Penarth Marina, near Cardiff, went up in flames on Friday night  just days after reopening to the public following lockdown.

Fire investigators have ruled out arson at the waterside eatery and said the cause of the blaze was ‘accidental ignition’. 

The fire that engulfed The Deck, on Penarth Marina, near Cardiff, was ruled an accident by fire investigators

Firefighters spent two hours fighting the flames after the restaurant’s diners and staff were evacuated 

Diners and staff were evacuated from the waterside eatery which is covered by wooden shuttering. 

Firefighters spent two hours tackling the flames, leaving the restaurant’s owners ‘absolutely devastated’. 

In a statement, bosses at The Deck said: ‘Our team has thrown their heart and soul into getting The Deck launched and open.

‘Our only consolation is that no one was hurt. 

‘We cannot thank the team and customers enough for how they handled the difficult and dangerous situation, acting quickly and calmly.

The building is owned by former Wales, Liverpool and Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy who bought it for £1.3m six years ago. 

The restaurant was once called Pier 64 and was run by Craig Bellamy until it went into liquidation.

But the Welshman still owns the building and leased it out to The Deck.

The Deck opened two weeks ago under new owners offering ‘exquisite food and fine wines’ at the waterside venue.

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