York & North Yorkshire

Selby leisure centre damaged by fire after £1.1m revamp

A leisure centre in North Yorkshire has been badly damaged in a fire less than two years after it underwent a £1.1m refurbishment.

Selby District Council said it would cost a "significant" amount of money to get Abbey Leisure Centre open again.

Six fire crews were sent to the centre, on Scott Road, after the alarm was raised by staff at 06:30 GMT.

Residents were urged to keep doors and windows closed because of the large amount of smoke from the fire.

Council leader Mark Crane said he believed some of the damage could be structural.

"It will be a significant cost to get the leisure centre back open and running," he said.

"What I would say at this very early stage is the council's committed to doing that just as soon as we can."

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire started in the steam room and sauna area and had caused extensive damage, including a hole in the roof.

Selby fire station manager Cecil Pugh said: "The fire did actually vent through the roof, there's a large hole in the roof.

"The fire is under control now, we're just in the process of damping down and then we'll begin our fire investigations to determine the cause."

The road remains closed in both directions between the Abbey Walk and Richard Street junctions.

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