Fire at former Ramsgate home of wrestler Jackie Pallo being treated as arson

The house prior to the blaze

Kent Police is investigating a fire at the former Ramsgate home of 60s and 70s wrestler Jackie Pallo.

Officers were called to the property in Haine Road, at 4.27pm on Monday 12 March to assist Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

The fire is currently being treated as suspicious.

Ramsgate and Margate crews were called to the site with 16 firefighters and four fire engines at the scene during the height of the blaze.

Crews fought the fire wearing breathing apparatus and using fog spike and a main jet. A water shuttle was also in operation.

Smoke coming from the Haine Road property Photo Clare Benson

The road was closed during the operation to bring the flames under control, reopening at about 8pm.

The property, set in extensive grounds, belonged to the famed  wrestling star until his death, aged 80, from cancer in 2006. It was in a serious state of disrepair.

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Jackie Pallo Snr, known as “Mr TV” was famous for his feud with wrestler Mick McManus.

Police would like to speak to any witnesses who saw anything suspicious in the area that afternoon, or anyone with information which could assist the investigation.

Call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting ZY/012498/18.

Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.