Fire destroys football club rooms

David Cuplan in the old changing rooms before they burnt down.

David Cuplan in the old changing rooms before they burnt down.

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A football team chairman was left in shock after a fire destroyed their changing rooms.

The blaze at Sowerby Bridge Football Club’s ground on Hollins Mill Lane is currently under investigation after the fire gutted the portacabin changing rooms in the early hours of Sunday morning.

David Culpan, chairman of the club, said: “I got a call telling me that it had burnt down and drove straight down.

“I was totally gutted when I saw it. It’s unbelievable and devastating. It could be the end of the football club because we don’t have enough money to build another changing rooms.”

The team, which has around 45 players signed on for both the first and second teams, have not played on the ground yet and are currently using the Cricket Club changing rooms to get ready in but are now looking for a long term solution.

“Before the fire happened, we were thinking about trying to bring kids teams back but now we can’t,” added David.

Dom Furby, station commander for Illingworth and Todmorden, said: “We believe this fire was started deliberately. It was a well-developed fire when we got there, coming through the roof. People initially would not have seen it because it was quite a remote area.

“We committed breathing apparatus crews to try and save the building. We tried to contain it but it was too far gone. It’s disappointing for that area because they don’t have many facilities like that.”

Crews from Halifax, Elland and Mytholmroyd were called to the fire, which took three and a half hours to put out.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called by the fire service to Hollins Mill Lane in Sowerby Bridge at about 4.25am on Sunday January 25 to a report a portacabin there was on fire.

“Officers attended and it is believed the fire was started deliberately.Enquiries into the cause remain ongoing with the fire service.”

Fortunately, noone was in the cabins at the time.