Firefighters were called last night (April 14) to the third fire at Ellesmere Port’s old greyhound stadium in the space of three days.
Earlier this week, two fires broke out there within the space of 24 hours, both of which were believed to have been started deliberately.
Last night’s incident was reported at about 7.18pm and Thornton Road was closed by police for a time while the blaze was brought under control.
A spokesperson for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said an investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the fire.
The spokesperson added: “Firefighters extinguished the fire using two hose reel jet and three main jets. Four firefighters wore breathing apparatus. A thermal imaging camera was used to check for hotspots of fire.”
There was a cylinder close by, which had to be cooled by the fire crews. A large fan was used to clear the heavy black smoke drifting across the stadium, which is close to the M53.
Ellesmere Port Police seem to suspect the fire may have been started deliberately. They sent out tweets last night asking parents in the area to check on the whereabouts of their children.
As well as hosting greyhound racing, the stadium was also once home to Ellesmere Port Town FC and also the town’s speedway team, the Gunners, who raced there in the 1970s and 80s.
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