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Counting the costs of fire at Thornley Community Centre
6:06pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
TRUSTEES of a village community centre were today (Monday, August 19) counting the costs of a blaze which ripped through the building at the weekend.
Firefighters were alerted to a blaze at the Thornley Community Centre in Thornley, east Durham, at 6pm yesterday Sunday evening.
The alert was raised after residents spotted smoke coming from the roof of the two-storey building. At its height 36 firefighters were involved and six fire appliances present at the scene.
The fire was in the cellar and the main hall.
The community centre was previously home to the Durham Mining Museum until it moved from the facility in 2011.
The building was owned by the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (Ciswo), which had given it in trust to the community - with Durham County Council acting as custodian trustees.
The county council decided earlier this year to close the building and the premises had been boarded up for a number of months.
Donna Jefferson, County Durham Partnership manager, said: “We are currently investigating the extent of the damage to the building and will be making sure it is secure.
“We will then be able to consider next steps.”
Durham Police confirmed officers had mounted a joint investigation with the County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service to establish the cause of the fire.
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