A team of investigators from Cunningham Lindsey's specialist adjusting network are examining the cause of a blaze that severely damaged a 16th century building in Kent, used as a pub.

The team from London has established, with the help of forensic evidence, that the fire started in living accommodation on the first floor of the Duke of York in Cranbrook, Kent, on New Year's Day.

Loss adjusters Cunningham Lindsey were instructed to assess the material damage and business interruption losses stemming

from the fire by insurers Royal & Sunalliance and Zurich Commercial.

The team from Cunningham Lindsey has yet to obtain an accurate figure for the damage or the cause of the blaze.