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Fire Destroys Building And Football Team's Equipment

Friday April 19 2013

Ruined by the blaze Ruined by the blaze

A BARNSLEY sports pavilion was completely destroyed by fire on Thursday night.

The building was used by Athersley Athletic Football Club just hours before, and their equipment's been ruined.

Firefighters were called to the single-storey, 10x10m building, off Shaw Lane in Carlton, at around 9.30pm, and arrived to find it well alight.

Despite their best efforts, the fire severely damaged the building - including the asbestos roof.

However, the wind carried the smoke plume over a field and away from local houses, so there was no threat to public safety.

"We lost a pair of football nets, flags, match balls, training equipment and a line marker," said club player Gavin Pinner. "We're gutted because it's an expensive thing running a team so this isn't going to help."

Firefighters left the incident just after midnight.

An investigation into the cause found it is likely to have started accidentally.

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Reply Posted by Gary Whitehead on Friday April 19 2013 at 15:40
If it was an accident did they state at what side the fire started? Im the teams treasurer and they couldn't disclose any information to me

Reply Posted by Jock on Friday April 19 2013 at 16:06
Yeah i bet someone accidentally dropped a match after stealing everything

Reply Posted by Jamie Whitehead on Friday April 19 2013 at 19:01
yeah I agree jock this wasnt no accident

Reply Posted by elvis on Saturday April 20 2013 at 08:21
Did it destroy your kit might be able to scrounge 1 for ya athersley arms old 1 tell.gav pinner to let me no