Investigations underway after boathouse is gutted by fire at Wicksteed Park

Pictures taken at the scene of the fire last night

Pictures taken at the scene of the fire last night

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Investigations are underway into the cause of last night's fire at Wicksteed Park in Kettering.

Fire crews were called to the boathouse at the park at 7.22pm on Tuesday night. Crews from Kettering, Burton Latimer, Rothwell and Wellingborough attended and the blaze was brought under control by 10.30pm. Residents had been advised last night to keep windows closed due to the smoke from the blaze.

Picture taken after the fire was put out last night

Picture taken after the fire was put out last night

The last crew left at 1.23am.

A spokesman for the park said: “The fire brigade were alerted by a park security guard who saw smoke coming out of the 1920s boathouse located at the lakeside yesterday evening.

“The boathouse and the lakeside attractions are currently closed for winter and the incident will not affect the day-to-day running of the park and the attractions which are open during the winter months.

“We are currently working with the fire brigade to determine the cause of the fire and have fenced off the area for safety reasons.

“The boathouse contains paddle boats, canoes and other equipment associated with the lakeside attractions.

“We are currently assessing the extent of the damage to the building and the equipment which was stored in it.

“We hope to have all the lakeside attractions up and running again in time for their scheduled re-opening next spring.”