A sailing club in Hampshire has caught fire after a car crashed into the building early on Tuesday morning
Emsworth Sailing Club in Hampshire caught fire on Tuesday morning after a car crashed into the building.
Fire services were alerted to the incident at around 6.30am and arrived to find a vehicle in the side of the building.
Eye witness Bianca Jayne-Carr said on Twitter: “Woke up to yelling this morning after a car crashed into Emsworth Sailing Club. Big explosion and the place is in flames.”
Around 35 firefighters tackled the blaze and a man was rescued from the car and taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Police say the 82-year-old driver has since been arrested on suspicion of arson and reportedly crashed into the building at 70mph.
A Hampshire Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said earlier: “We were called to Emsworth Sailing Club after a Land Rover crashed into the building. A fire spread from the car onto the roof of the club and we have teams tackling the fire.”
“We have fire crews from Emsworth, Havant, Hayling Island, the Special Equipment Unit from Cosham, and teams from Horndean. We also have also got a search and rescue team on stand-by to search the building once the fire is out.”
The fire comes less than a year after the sailing club underwent a £350,000 renovation.
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