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Two dead in fire at Morecambe social club
9 October 2019, 21:38
Police have confirmed that two men have died in a fire at a working men's club in Morecambe, Lancashire.
Emergency services were call to reports of a fire at the Gordon Working Men's Club on Springfield Street at around 3.50pm.
Both men were rescued from the fire at the club but died a short time later.
Lancashire Police say they are in the process of contacting next of kin.
Ten fire engines from Lancashire and Cumbria fire brigades were present at the blaze using breathing apparatus, four hose reels, a water jet and three ventilation units.
A joint investigation by police and the fire service is now under way and police have appealed for information.
10 fire engines from Lancashire and @CumbriaFire at a fire involving a working men’s club on Springfield Street, Morecambe. 2 air ambulances @BBCNWT @GranadaReports @GuardianDigital @heartnlc @leponline @lancstelegraph pic.twitter.com/HVAkvsKkap— Thomas Beresford (@bezberesford) October 9, 2019
Inspector Abi Finch Hall, of Lancashire CID, said: "This incident has sadly resulted in the deaths of two men and our thoughts are with their families and friends at this time.
"Together with our colleagues at the fire service we are now in the process of trying to establish the cause of the fire and those enquiries are ongoing.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their understanding and support while we and our partners from the fire service and ambulance service dealt with this tragic incident and to ask for anyone with information to get in touch with us."
A post on the club's Facebook page said: "As most of you may have already of heard, there has been a large fire taking place within our premises.
"As of yet we do not know the extent of the damages caused although we do know the services have done their best for minimum damage control.
"As reported there has been a couple casualties but we are not willing to give any further information at this time.
"Please respect our privacy at this time and thank you for all the support and well wishes.
"The Gordon club team."
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0803 of October 9.