By Helen Jackson
The former Leziate Sailing Club, which had been closed for two years, has been destroyed by a fire.
The building had been due to be demolished and a planning application was submitted earlier this year for homes to be built on the site but a decision has not yet been made.
However, due to the scale of the blaze which broke out in the early hours of last Friday, the building could not be saved.
The owner of Leziate Park, who did not wish to be named, said: “Unfortunately since the last tenant closed the doors some 18 months ago, the building had been subjected to regular vandalism and burglary.
“It has been very sad to see the demise of the once popular Sailing Club and now ultimately the building’s final outcome.
“Once a junior member at King’s Lynn Golf Club, I too, like many, have had some fond memories there.
“At the moment the site is hazardous and it is requested that people avoid the building and surrounding area.
“Once all necessary enquiries have been completed the intention is to clear the site of all debris.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank and commend the fire brigade on their efforts in being able to contain the fire in these very difficult conditions.”
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has dealt with numerous fires in the open in recent weeks, with the hot weather leading to a huge spike in demand.
So far this year, there have been 261 open fires across the county, compared to 361 for the whole of last year.
In West Norfolk alone it has been yet another very busy week for firefighters.
On Monday fire crews from Heacham, Hunstanton, Fakenham and Lynn attended a large fire in the open at North Beach at Heacham.
The next morning, firefighters from Lynn’s North station were called to a fire in the woods behind The Birches in South Wootton, which fire officials said had been started deliberately.
A few hours later, a fire broke out in a stubble field in Pentney which also saw farm machinery alight.
A similar incident happened an hour later in Grange Road, Terrington St Clement, where a combine harvester and stubble field were on fire.
Firefighters managed to get the blaze under control less than an hour later.
At around 4.30pm the same day a fire broke out in some dunes in Snettisham.
Eight appliances from Lynn’s North and South stations, Wells and Sandringham and the misting unit from Thetford attended the scene until around 7pm.
Crews were also called out to a blazing field between Feltwell and Methwold on Wednesday.
Garry Collins, head of protection and prevention at NFRS, said: “Open fires can spread quickly and endanger life. Some of these incidents were not intentional but if you are somewhere and a fire starts, it is hugely important that you call 999 as quickly as possible to prevent a small fire becoming a bigger fire.
“We continue to ask the public not to start camp fires and bonfires in these tinder dry conditions.
“Please heed the current advice and suspend all use of naked flames and take extreme care when discarding cigarettes.
“The impact of these careless acts presents a huge risk to lives and property and many of the recent fires could have been avoided.”