Double arson attack at village club

A ROYAL British Legion club is lucky to be still standing after two arson attacks at the weekend.

Barrowby Royal British Legion club in Low Road, Barrowby, is believed to be the oldest British Legion branch in the country but was left severely damaged following the attacks on Friday night (August 12) and Sunday night (Aug 14).

The first fire was discovered in the corner of the main bar of the club at around 11.45pm on Friday.

A committee member who asked not to be identified, said: “The fire was right below an electric box. The flames were reaching the ceiling when it was discovered by regulars in the pool room next door.

“The fire brigade said it would have taken quite a while to take hold. If it had gone another few minutes unnoticed it would have burnt the whole club down.”

The fire was only put out when a member of the bar staff and a club regular tackled the flames with a fire extinguisher.

A second attempt at starting a fire was also discovered at the smoking shelter outside.

On Sunday night an even more serious fire was started in the snooker room at the back of the club.

The room was empty at the time and was only discovered when a member of the bar staff saw smoke billowing under the door and into the main bar area.

This time, the fire was too strong and the fire brigade was called out to tackle the blaze, which was believed to have been started with help from an accelerant.

The committee member said: “Are they going to come back again? It’s a big worry.”