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Fire at Lechlade Memorial Hall


Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is offering support to the Lechlade community following a serious fire at the memorial hall.

At 11.24pm yesterday evening (Sunday 8th May) Gloucestershire firefighters were called to a fire at Lechlade Memorial Hall, Oak Street in Lechlade

GFRS initially mobilised a unit from Fairford to a call reporting a fire at the memorial hall, but on arrival, the crew requested further assistance.

Four more appliances attended the scene as the fire had spread to the roof of the building. The additional units arrived from Burford, Faringdon, Cricklade and Cirencester, before an aerial appliance joined from Cheltenham East fire station.

Crews used four jets, one hosereel and the aerial appliance from Cheltenham to tackle the fire.

The single storey building, measuring approximately 30m x 15m, unfortunately suffered 100% damage as a result of the blaze, and crews were on scene for over five hours.

As of 8.30am on Monday morning, one appliance remained at the scene damping down, while a joint investigation into the cause between GFRS and Gloucestershire Police takes place.

Now the service is working with community leaders to see what help they can offer to ensure the residents still have access to a community building while the damage to the memorial hall is repaired.

John Beard, Assistant Chief Fire Officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We were called out to a fire at the memorial hall in Lechlade late on Sunday night, and when our crews arrived the building was already well ablaze.

"Our crews were able to get the fire under control quickly, however the building is severely damaged.

"Officers have already been in contact with the town council to see what support the fire service can offer to help them to continue operating."

If anyone has any information on the fire, then please contact the police on 101, quoting incident number 546 (08/05/16).

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