Youths held over Southend's Alexandra Yacht Club fire

  • 25 August 2014
  • From the section Essex
Alexandra Yacht Club, Southend, Essex on fire
Image caption Residents gathered to watch the fire, which lit up the sky

Two teenage boys have been arrested after a fire completely destroyed a derelict yacht club on the seafront at Southend-on-Sea.

Fire crews were called to Alexandra Yacht Club, Clifftown Parade, just before midnight on Saturday.

About 30 firefighters tackled the blaze at its height.

Two boys, aged 16 and 17, both from Westcliff, were arrested on suspicion of arson. They were released on police bail until 12 September.

The were arrested after being stopped by police in Westcliff at 03:00 BST on Sunday.

Image caption Five crews and an aerial ladder were used to fight the fire
Image caption The wooden building was considered too dangerous for firefighters to try to enter
Image caption It is the second time the club has been hit by fire - the previous occasion was in 1972
Image caption Alexandra Yacht Club was founded in 1873 and the building bought for use as a clubhouse eleven years' later

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.

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