Weston St John's fire started deliberately

PUBLISHED: 12:35 16 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:43 16 August 2016

Firefighters tackle the fire at Weston St Johns FC in Weston-super-Mare

Firefighters tackle the fire at Weston St Johns FC in Weston-super-Mare

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A serious fire at Weston St John's Football Club is thought to have been started deliberately - and police are appealing for information.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service was called to a fire in a derelict building at the club in Weston-super-Mare at 5.30pm yesterday (Monday).

By the time crews arrived the building, in Coleridge Road on the Bournville estate, was well alight and the fire had spread to its roof.

Six crews attended the fire in total and a police cordon was put in place, with nearby residents warned to keep doors and windows closed.

Firefighters remained at the scene for a gruelling 18.5 hours until the fire was fully extinguished at noon today (Tuesday).

A spokesman from Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fire has severely damaged the structure of the building and members of the public are advised to keep away from the area.

“The cause of the fire is thought to be deliberate.”

Police are investigating the incident as a deliberate act of arson and would like anyone who saw any suspicious activity prior to the incident to contact them via 101 quoting 52161 81384.

PC Chris Lintern said: “It’s extremely fortunate that no-one was in the football club or else the fire could have had fatal consequences.

“If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious in or around the Coleridge Road area around the time of the fire, or if anyone knows who may have been responsible, please call us as soon as possible.”

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They will never ask for your name or trace your call and you could earn yourself a cash reward.

* Click this link to see more pictures from the blaze.

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