A case of ‘malicious arson’ has caused the complete destruction of changing rooms in Boston Spa.
Changing rooms at Stables Lane burned down and had to be demolished for safety, according to Coun Tim Baker.
Called out at 7.15am on December 5, Coun Baker told the Wetherby News that the fire brigade and police were also in attendance.
He said: “I went to take a look and it turns out the neighbours heard noises from 11pm the night before, on and off.
“One of them work up at about 3.15am to find the whole building on fire.
“The police are treating it as malicious arson and that has a knock-on effect.
“At the parish council we are disappointed at this mindless act of vandalism, which could have potentially hurt somebody quite badly.”
The changing rooms, temporarily in use by Bramham Football Club, are used by Boston Spa Football Club.
Club secretary Shaun Kavanagh said: “It is a massive loss to us. We have been playing down there for 25 years and all of a sudden we’re not.
“It is the end of it really and the club is now trying to find somewhere else to play. Hopefully we should be all right to go up to Bramham, because they’re in the same boat as us.
“There is about £400 worth of stuff that got burned as well. That is another big loss.”
Stables Lane is kept open to the public and, as well as the changing rooms, Boston Spa’s tennis club and bowling club also have buildings on the site.
Insurance assessors are expected to take stock of the damage this week and Coun Baker said the council will ‘think very hard about what building we have on that site’.
He said: “Due to the state of the building it was clearly a deliberate act and an accelerant was used. There was some talk of copper being stolen from there, but that is as much as we know at this stage.
“It is very disappointing for us when people choose to act in this way.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “It is being treated as arson and it has completely gutted the facility.”
If you have information about the fire, contact the outer north east neighbourhood policing team on 101.