Investigation into fire at Robinhood Activity Centre in Todmorden

Dobroyd Castle, Pexwood Road, Todmorden.
Dobroyd Castle, Pexwood Road, Todmorden.

Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a large fire at a children’s activity centre in Todmorden.

Six fire pumps were needed to tackle the blaze at the Robinwood Activity Centre at Dobroyd Castle, on Saturday morning, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

A spokesperson for Todmorden Fire Station, whose crews attended the blaze, said the fire was believed to have started in a caving “dungeon” area before spreading via the roof to surrounding buildings.

He said: “The fire was not in the main castle building, a stately home that is now a children’s adventure activity centre, but in outbuildings.

“It seems to have started in an activity building housing a caving section, in the dungeon area, and spread across the roof into a caving section adjacent to it.

“This area is away from the accommodation so no one was involved or injured.

“Fire investigators are trying to investigate the cause.”

Crews from Mytholmroyd, Todmorden, Halifax and several Northwest fire brigade stations were called out to the incident at 6.18am.

They used two large jets, a hose reel jet and two crews with breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.

“There was limited access to water site, so crews used pumps to take water from an activity lake,” the spokesperson added.

The area affected was one of three themed ‘problem solving areas’; Quest, the Dungeon of Doom and Piranha Pool.