Fire in Hemsby boys’ club being treated as arson

The fire at The Marrams in Hemsby. Picture: Hemsby Independent Lifeboat

The fire at The Marrams in Hemsby. Picture: Hemsby Independent Lifeboat - Credit: Archant

A fire which destroyed a derelict former boys' club in Hemsby is being treated as arson.

Police have confirmed they are looking for a suspect in relation to the blaze last Wednesday (September 14).

A spokesman for the fire service said that police were helping with their ongoing investigation into the cause of the fire and that process could take up to a fortnight to complete.

The building fire in an area of Hemsby known as The Marrams took 40 firefighters more than two hours to extinguish.

A crew from Hemsby Independent Lifeboat was among the first on the scene after seeing the flames while on a training exercise.

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Second coxswain Gerard Roadley-Battin said he initially thought it was a microlight that had crashed, as one had passed overhead shortly before the fire started.

The lifeboatmen stood on the roof of a neighbouring building and used neighbours' garden hoses to help keep the flames at bay from nearby chalets while waiting for the

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fire service to arrive.

Emergency services were called to St Mary's Road shortly after 7.20pm on Wednesday and immediately evacuated six nearby chalets which had people staying inside.

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