Blaze rips through Gosport sports centre

The burnt-out interior of the club
The burnt-out interior of the club
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FIREFIGHTERS have tackled a large blaze at a sports centre for disabled people.

Crews from eight stations across the area were called to the headquarters of the Gosport and District Sports Association for the Disabled, in Gosport, at around 1.30am.

They discovered a fire in the flat felt roof of the building, off Elson Road.

Around 40 firefighters used an aerial ladder platform, 16 sets of breathing apparatus, three jets and two hoses to contain the fire.

Station manager Paul Coates, the fire officer in charge, said: ‘The fire started on the roof of the L-shaped building but with some aggressive firefighting we managed to control and contain the spread of the flames.

‘Much of the building has been saved and the crews deserve a lot of credit for their quick and effective actions.’

Around half the building was damaged in the fire, with smoke damage throughout.

Fire investigation officers will now attend the scene to try and find out what caused the blaze.

Crews from Gosport, Fareham, Cosham, Southsea, Portchester, Wickham, Hightown and Eastleigh were on the scene.