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Fire Destroys Two Sports Clubs' Equipment

Friday May 3 2013

Ruined by the blaze Ruined by the blaze

A FIRE at a sports pavilion in Carlton has destroyed the changing rooms and equipment of two local clubs.

The roof of the building in Carlton Park collapsed and its interior was gutted following the blaze last Thursday night - destroying equipment used by Carlton Bowling and Tennis Club and Athersley Athletic Football Club.

Bowling club chairman Eric Powers said the building has been in the park since the 1930s and the club leases it from Barnsley Council.

Equipment including bowls, and a watering machine for the green worth £150 were lost in the fire.

"I don't know if there's anything salvageable at all," he said.

Eric said he did not know what caused it but said wiring in the building had not been changed or checked during his 30 years of bowling.

An oil radiator was used to heat up the pavilion but it was not used that night, he added.

Chairman of the park, Charles Gouldin, said it could have been worse as they were applying for £30,000 in funding to revamp the building.

Jamie Whitehead, secretary of Athersley Athletic FC, said it would cost about £500 to replace everything the club had lost. Even players' football boots had been left inside.

"It's been really bad for us. We've lost everything - our balls, netting, line markers, absolutely everything that belongs to the club in terms of playing. It's devastating."

The club has managed to get back some equipment - with nets being donated by other teams after a Facebook appeal. The Sheffield FA has also given them footballs and water bottles.

But as the team is self-funded, Jamie says the club is having to 'beg, steal and borrow' until it can get its own equipment.

A fire service spokesman said crews spent three hours tackling the blaze late last Thursday. He said the fire was accidental, but they did not know the cause as there was no sign of forced entry and no accelerants were used.

Because the building was so badly damaged, any chance of determing the cause was 'pretty much impossible', he added.

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Reply Posted by John Lingwood on Sunday May 12 2013 at 12:13
'Beg, steal or borrow' is just one of those sayings that means doing whatever it takes to get things done. I've said it myself on a few occasions - it doesn't mean that I've literally begged or stolen. I'm sure everyone involved with these sporting clubs are doing all they can after the extreme circumstances caused by the fire. Surely 'that' is the story......!