Community hall is ravaged by fire after outside blaze spreads

Fire damage to Burrsville Public Hall, Clacton, Essex
A fire service believes the blaze started in the shed/decking area of Burrsville Public Hall, that spread into the main building [Essex County Fire & Rescue Service]

A community hall has been left badly damaged after a fire that is believed to have started in a shed or decking area outside quickly spread.

Crews were called to Gorse Lane, Clacton, at 01:12 GMT, after residents spotted a fire at Burrsville Public Hall, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.

It was put out by 02:30.

Nick Singleton, station manager, said: "Unfortunately, the roof, doors and windows are badly damaged and our hearts go out to everyone who uses the hall."

The inside of Burrsville Public Hall, Clacton, Essex
Two fire crews attended the blaze at Burrsville Public Hall in the early hours of Saturday [Essex County Fire & Rescue Service]

He praised firefighters "who did a fantastic job of limiting how much damage it caused to the building".

Its cause has been recorded as undetermined, the force added.

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