South Wales Police say they believe a fire at the former Clydach Vale Working Men's Club was started deliberately.
Emergency services were called to the blaze at the building known locally as the 'Top Club' on Howard St shortly after midday on Saturday.
The club recently closed after almost a century serving the community. Local boxer and former British and Empire heavyweight champion fought there in 1928.
We are keeping an open mind as to who is may be responsible for yesterday’s incident and we are actively exploring a number of lines of enquiry, including House to House enquiries and the forensic examination of the scene.”
I would also like to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously near the former Club, which is situated on Howard Street, Tonypandy, prior to the incident.
More top news
The footballer, who was jailed for five years, claims the 'previously unavailable' information could help clear his name.
The Ministry of Defence has denied reports that it's drawn up contingency plans to move Britain's nuclear deterrent from Scotland to Wales
Snow and ice warning as temperatures plunge