Grim warning after latest arson attack at Burnley club

This Is Lancashire: The former Circulation Club in Holmes Street, Burnley has become a magnet for vandals and arsonists The former Circulation Club in Holmes Street, Burnley has become a magnet for vandals and arsonists

INTRUDERS have been warned they could be placing themselves and firefighters in jeopardy after another arson attack at a former Burnley club.

Firefighters were alerted to a blaze in the first floor of the former Circulation Club in Holmes Street on Saturday night.

And while the crew was able to extinguish the flames before they could spread to neighbouring properties, a senior firefighter is concerned that the next time they might not be so fortunate.

Watch manager Steve Harrison said: “This incident could have been much worse, if it has not spotted when it was. It had the potential to be a very large and hazardous fire.

“Both fire engines were at the scene of the fire at the club for approximately three hours.”

Firefighters had to conduct a search of the building to ensure no-one remained inside.

Neighbours said they had seen youths breaking into the former club after removing security coverings and police, working with firefighters at the scene, found evidence of several previous small fires having been set.

The venue, originally known as Pentridge Mill, has not traded as licensed premises for several years but has previously also been home to a kick-boxing club and a strip club.

And two years ago there was speculation that the site could be transformed into a 64-bed ‘student village’, to meet the growing need for educational accommodation.

The weekend incident is not the first deliberate fire to tear through the premises, with firefighters spending two hours tackling four separate blazes there in July 2010.

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3:48pm Tue 25 Mar 14

DaveBurnley says...

"INTRUDERS have been warned they could be placing themselves and firefighters in jeopardy"



That should terrify them, we'll certainly have no more problems there will we?
"INTRUDERS have been warned they could be placing themselves and firefighters in jeopardy" That should terrify them, we'll certainly have no more problems there will we? DaveBurnley
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5:18pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Truth will out says...

This building has been an eyesore for years. Little wonder that it is a target for vandals and arsonists.

I couldn't care less if any of these scroats injured themselves in there - in fact I hope that they do. However, if there is a safety concern to neighbours then that has to be addressed.

The best course of action is a controlled demolition asap.
This building has been an eyesore for years. Little wonder that it is a target for vandals and arsonists. I couldn't care less if any of these scroats injured themselves in there - in fact I hope that they do. However, if there is a safety concern to neighbours then that has to be addressed. The best course of action is a controlled demolition asap. Truth will out
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7:08am Wed 26 Mar 14

DaveBurnley says...

Truth will out wrote:
This building has been an eyesore for years. Little wonder that it is a target for vandals and arsonists.

I couldn't care less if any of these scroats injured themselves in there - in fact I hope that they do. However, if there is a safety concern to neighbours then that has to be addressed.

The best course of action is a controlled demolition asap.
Preferably with the scroats still inside.
[quote][p][bold]Truth will out[/bold] wrote: This building has been an eyesore for years. Little wonder that it is a target for vandals and arsonists. I couldn't care less if any of these scroats injured themselves in there - in fact I hope that they do. However, if there is a safety concern to neighbours then that has to be addressed. The best course of action is a controlled demolition asap.[/p][/quote]Preferably with the scroats still inside. DaveBurnley
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