The former home of Rothwell Town FC was engulfed in a huge blaze last night.
Flames engulfed Rothwell Town FC’s old clubhouse in Cecil Street on the evening of Wednesday, July 24.
The fire service was called just after 8pm, with the fire not being put out until after 10pm.
After emergency services cordoned off the site, crowds gathered to watch firefighters tackle the inferno. Eyewitnesses reported seeing flames as high as 50ft, with others reporting the smoke was visible as far away as Corby.
Carl Harris, who lives in Rothwell, said he had heard sirens and initially thought nothing of it, but was then called by a friend who reported seeing thick black smoke pouring into the air.
And he said he initially feared the nearby school was ablaze.
“It’s sad,” Mr Harris added. “It’s the end of an era.
“It’s been part of the town for as long as I can remember.
“The building has been empty for a while. It’s sad to see it come to this sort of end.
“I got here after the flames calmed down so I imagine the flames were quite high – when I got here they were about 15 to 20ft high.”
Since Rothwell Town FC moved out at the end of the 2011-12 season the site has increasingly been falling into a state of disrepair.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue said the service was alerted at 8.02pm, adding: “The fire was in the derelict building at Rothwell Town Football Club, which was fully involved in the fire.”
The spokesman said two crews were initially sent to the incident, but two more were called later after the size of the fire was established. Investigations into the cause of the blaze are ongoing, the spokesman confirmed.
Additional pictures used in this article were sent into the Telegraph by reader Charles Gumley.