Former Savoy bingo hall in Southwick - severe fire

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Former Savoy bingo hall in Southwick - severe fire

Post: # 13375Post cam
04 Feb 2017, 04:14

The Savoy was a former bingo hall on Southwick Green in Sunderland.
Gareth Carr was using the building as the Southwick Auction Rooms but was to vacate the building after an ongoing dispute with the landlord.
The police visited the property a few times during the day as the landlord tried to take possession.
Apparently the roof collapsed in on itself because of the fire and a wall collapsed onto Beaumont Street.
It is not thought that anyone was trapped in the building at the time.
Fire crews, police and ambulance were all in attendance.
The Savoy is an old, well loved building and it would be a massive loss to Southwick should it have to be demolished.

There is a report in the Sunderland Echo.

There are a few videos on facebook of the blaze which look pretty bad:

https://www.facebook.com/ellie.scott.10 ... en-section

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Re: Former Savoy bingo hall in Southwick - severe fire

Post: # 13378Post Crawford
04 Feb 2017, 13:32

The Echo has been constantly updating the page on this. It looks pretty bad. I suspect a few businesses in the immediate area will lose some trade as well as a result of this.

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Re: Former Savoy bingo hall in Southwick - severe fire

Post: # 13381Post Paper Terry
04 Feb 2017, 13:41

I saw this fire while driving towards the Queen Alexandra Bridge from B&Q.
It was well ablaze and lit up the sky but I couldn't place where it was or what was on fire.
Looking at the images, I doubt whether the building can be saved.
In a bit :arrow:

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Re: Former Savoy bingo hall in Southwick - severe fire

Post: # 13384Post blockheed
04 Feb 2017, 13:57

Nasty and pretty fishy if you ask me.

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Re: Former Savoy bingo hall in Southwick - severe fire

Post: # 13386Post monty
04 Feb 2017, 14:15

Oh dear :shock:
That's canny bad like.
I am well familiar with the Savoy like most people on the north side of the water.
It's a well known landmark and such a shame.

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Re: Former Savoy bingo hall in Southwick - severe fire

Post: # 13389Post Kitty
04 Feb 2017, 14:20

You could see the fire from all over the city.

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04 Feb 2017, 15:03

That was a bad fire. Looks like it might have been packed with highly flammable materials.

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Post: # 13409Post Crawford
04 Feb 2017, 18:38

From what I have heard there have been at least two arrests.

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Re: Former Savoy bingo hall in Southwick - severe fire

Post: # 13412Post Frog
04 Feb 2017, 19:01

After seeing the fire it looks like the building is doomed.

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Re: Former Savoy bingo hall in Southwick - severe fire

Post: # 13414Post monty
04 Feb 2017, 20:04

Frog wrote:After seeing the fire it looks like the building is doomed.
Aye.

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