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Suspicious sports hall fire in Gravesend investigated

PUBLISHED: 12:54 16 December 2010 | UPDATED: 14:23 16 December 2010

Firefights fought for more than 12 hours to deal with a fire at an empty former sports club

Firefights fought for more than 12 hours to deal with a fire at an empty former sports club

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Police are investigating a possible arson attack on a sports club which had fire fighters at the scene for almost 18 hours.

Crews from as far a field as Hoo, and a command support unit from Maidstone, were called to the Kent Sports Club, Christianfields Avenue, Gravesend on Monday just before 9pm as a huge blaze engulfed the premises.

Police were also informed and helped to evacuate two flats held within the complex.

Fire teams from Thames side in Northfleet, Swanscombe, Strood, Hoo and Cliffe, alongside a specialised aerial appliance from Medway and the support unit helped fight the blaze, extinguishing the flames just after 12.30am on Tuesday. Crews then remained on the scene until 2.52pm Tuesday to damp down the area while police forensics began their investigation.

Jurgita Angelovigene, 30, of Dunkirk Close saw the event unfold. We were watching TV at around 9.30pm when we heard it. It is quite often noisy up here, but we thought, it is not Saturday, what is going on? There was lots of smoke coming out of the roof and lots of firemen. I woke up again at 2am and they were still there.”

The cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious and the incident is now under investigation.

If anyone has information about the fire which may help police with their inquiries, call Detective Sergeant John Ralph on 01474 366045 or Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111

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