Investigation after canoe club burnt down

Fire at Adlington Canoe Club
Fire at Adlington Canoe Club

An investigation is under way after a canoe club was deliberately set on fire.

Three fire engines were called to the canalside in Heath Charnock near Chorley, where the clubhouse of Adlington Canoe Club was on fire.

The timber-framed structure was completely destroyed in the blaze, which broke out about 6am on Monday, along with a number of canoes.

Crew manager Jim Davison said: “There are no utilities on site, there’s no gas or water and I’m led to believe no one from the club had been near it, so it is being treated as deliberate.

“We used three hose reel jets and a thermal imaging camera.”

He said teams also dug a trench to prevent contaminated water from the fire entering the water course in the canal.

He said the clubhouse was completely gone, and said two shipping containers next to it were also affected by the fire.

Crew manager Davison said: “In one, a number of fibreglass canoes have been destroyed.
“In the other container of more modern plastic canoes, the fire had started to get into it so we had to force entry into the container but luckily we managed to save all the canoes.

“This is a rather sad and deliberate fire that has done harm to a local club, and a fire investigation is under way.”

Nobody was hurt in the fire and crews said nobody had been there at the time.

They praised the help of Michael Wallace, who was one of the first on the scene after the fire broke out and was able to provide firefighters with background information.

Crew manager Davison said crews located a water supply across Westhoughton Road and put cones in place, but cars still drove past the scene at 40 to 50mph.

He said: “I would ask that members of the public bear this in mind when driving close to a fire incident.”