Large fire at Crawley Leisure Center deemed suspicious

A major fire in a leisure center is considered “suspicious”.

The fire started at around 7am yesterday at Acorns Health and Leisure Club in Copthorne Road, Crawley.

Around 100 firefighters and 14 fire engines were called to tackle the blaze, as well as several special vehicles, including two platforms, to spray water from above.

Sussex Police said the fire was suspicious and officers are staying in the area while the investigation takes place.

The Argus: Two platforms were used to control fireTwo platforms were used to control fire

A spokesman said: “Officials responded to a call from West Sussex Fire and Rescue just before 7.40am after a fire was reported at the leisure centre.

“There will be a police presence in the area for some time while investigators investigate the cause and both West Sussex Fire and Ambulance Service and Sussex Police are advising people to avoid the area as the building remains unsafe.

“Anyone with information that may assist officers in their investigation is asked to report it to police online or call 101 quoting serial number 347 dated 07/08.

“Alternatively, you can report this information to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.”

Around 9 a.m. yesterday, 17 vehicles were on site, including five special vehicles.

Argus: There was considerable material damage to the buildingSignificant damage was done to the building

The road was closed in both directions from Wyevale Garden Center to the Copthorne Hotel roundabout.

Firefighters confirmed they stayed overnight to ensure the fire did not flare up again.

A spokeswoman said: “In the early hours of the morning, crews from Burgess Hill and East Grinstead returned to the scene for renewed inspections.

“A hotspot was identified and firefighters used a high-pressure hose reel to extinguish the hotspot.

“The incident remains open at this time and firefighters will return this afternoon to search for additional hotspots.

“We also have fire investigators on site conducting detailed inspections to determine the cause of the fire.”

Dave Bray, Area Fire Chief, said: “Fortunately the building is remote so it doesn’t touch the main building so we were able to surround the fire so it didn’t spread to the main hotel complex.

“We use two turntable ladder platforms as water towers to direct large amounts of water into the building from above.

“There were no injuries, no members of the public were involved.” Large fire at Crawley Leisure Center deemed suspicious

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