Updated: Investigation underway after fire at children’s activity centre

Six fire engines were used to extinguish the blaze
Six fire engines were used to extinguish the blaze
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Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a large fire at a children’s activity centre in West Yorkshire on Sunday morning.

Six fire pumps were needed to tackle the blaze at the Robinwood Activity Centre at Dobroyd Castle, Todmorden, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

A spokesperson for Todmorden Fire Station said the blaze was believed to have started in a caving “dungeon” area before spreading via the roof to surrounding buildings.

He said: “The fire was not in the main castle building, a stately home that is now a children’s adventure activity centre, but in outbuildings.

“It seems to have started in an activity building housing a caving section, in the dungeon area, and spread across the roof into a caving section adjacent to it.

“This area is away from the accommodation so no one was involved or injured.

“Fire investigators are there at the moment trying to investigate the cause.”

Crews from Mytholmroyd, Todmorden, Halifax and several Northwest fire brigade stations were called out to the incident at 6.18am. They used two large jets, a hose reel jet and two crews with breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.

They are expected to remain on site until the afternoon.

“There was limited access to water site, so crews used pumps to take water from an activity lake,” the spokesperson added.