UPDATE: Cygnet Leisure Centre to remain closed for ‘foreseeable future’ as room ‘completely destroyed’ in blaze

PUBLISHED: 12:29 15 March 2017

Cygnet Leisure Centre, Northfleet

Cygnet Leisure Centre, Northfleet


The building was alight on Friday morning

Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused by a fire at a popular leisure centre last week.

One room in Cygnet Leisure Centre was ‘completely destroyed’ according to Kent Fire and Rescue Service, after a fire broke out on Friday morning.

Since then, the centre has remained closed, and a spokesperson from Gravesham council confirmed it will remain shut for “the foreseeable future” while it waits for a structural survey to assure the building is safe for residents to use.

The full cost of the inferno’s damage is currently unknown, and awaits further assessments.

Police believe the fire at Old Perry Street is suspicious and an investigation was launched.

Fire fighters are working with Kent Police and Gravesham council are working together to establish the cause of the blaze.

A KFRS spokesperson said: “We were called out at 12.44am on Friday morning.

“The fire involved an admin room next to the gym. That room was completely destroyed by the fire.

“The gym was also damaged by smoke and water.”

Crews left the scene at around 2.40am.

A Gravesham council spokesperson said: “Cygnet Leisure Centre will be closed until further notice and we will be working with Gravesham Council Leisure Limited to partially open the centre within the next week or so.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and it is hoped to get as many of the facilities open at Cygnet as soon as we can.

“In the meantime, Cascades Leisure Centre in Thong Lane, is open as usual Monday to Friday 6am – 10pm, Saturday 8am – 6pm and Sunday 8am – 8pm.”

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