Southend's Alexandra Yacht Club destroyed by fire
A derelict yacht club on the seafront at Southend-on-Sea has been completely destroyed during a fire, Essex fire service has confirmed.
Crews were called to Alexandra Yacht Club, Clifftown Parade, just before midnight on Saturday.
Incident Commander Steve Parker said the building was "100% well alight" when they arrived and 30 firefighters tackled the blaze.
The cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation is under way.
The fire was put out by 01:43 BST.
Mr Parker said: "It has been derelict for some time, so we didn't commit any crews into the building - we did fight the fire from Clifftown Parade using an aerial ladder as a water tower.
"[The building] is no longer there. It was a wooden structure and it's pretty much burnt down apart from the chimneys now."
In November, Alexandra Yacht Club temporarily relocated, following a report which showed the building, which is more than 100 years old, had structural problems.
The clubhouse was due to be demolished.