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Hoylake Sailing School gutted in early hours fire

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

A MERSEYSIDE sailing school was gutted by fire this morning.

The blaze, which may have been caused by an electrical fault, destroyed much of the ground floor of the Hoylake Sailing School.

Fire crews raced to the scene, on Market Street, Hoylake, after the alarm was raised at around 3am.

They tackled the fire for around three hours as it spread from the ground floor to the first floor of the three storey building.

The Victorian mid-terrace property is two old houses that have been knocked through. Its rooms were converted into classrooms where budding sailors learned the ropes. The school offered courses including the Day Skipper and Yachtmaster qualifications.

Fire engines from West Kirby, Upton and Wallasey responded to the emergency call.

Upton's watch manager John Keeling said today: “Early investigations signal possible electrical fault, although investigations are still ongoing.

“It started in a ground floor storage cupboard and had been burning a while by the time we got there.

“We gained access through the rear of the property. The front had security screens down. We gained access through a curry house next door, over the back wall and then through a ground floor rear window.

“The property was heavily smoke logged. The fire had burned through from the ground floor up to the first floor.

“There's substantial damage. All three floors were affected by the fire. The ground floor, certainly on one half of the property is badly damaged.”

Liverpool Echo
Ben Schofield
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