A FIRE believed to have been started deliberately broke out at Denbigh's North Wales Hospital. 

The small blaze happened at the Grade II listed site yesterday (Sunday).

Two appliances were sent to the incident from Denbigh and Ruthin. The fire was brought under control in just over an hour.

A spokesperson for North Wales Fire and rescue said: "We were called to a small fire at 4.40pm on Sunday, November 4 at North Wales Hospital. A stop was called to the fire at 5.55pm.

"There is a possibility that it was a deliberate ignition, police have been informed."

The fire comes six days after The Free Press was invited for a tour of the 35 acre site by Denbighshire County Council, ahead of redevelopment due to commence by Ruthin based company Jones Bros - more than 20 years after it closed.

Since it closed in 1995, the site has fallen into disrepair with several fires started deliberately and causing extensive damage to the buildings.

A spokesperson for North Wales Police said: "An investigation is ongoing in conjunction with the fire service to establish the cause."