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Monday, 12 November 2007, 10:59 GMT
Probe into football club bar fire


An investigation has been launched after a fire caused major damage to a Scottish football team's social club.

The blaze took hold in third division Stranraer FC's building in the early hours of Sunday morning not long after staff had locked up for the night.

Firefighters managed to control the flames which it is believed were sparked by an electrical fault.

The fire came after Stranraer had gone down to home defeat to East Fife in a league match on Saturday afternoon.

Most of the North Strand Street social club suffered extensive smoke damage as a result of the fire.

A statement from the club said that at about 0145 GMT on Sunday morning a "loud bang" was heard by staff at the nearby Waterline pub.

At the same time a fire alarm in the building was set off and flames were seen inside the social club.

Extensive damage

The statement said: "The fire service attended very quickly at the scene but required breathing apparatus to enter the premises and brought the blaze under control.

"The damage in the club is extensive with the electrical power supply equipment completely gone."

No date has been set for re-opening the building but the statement said the damage could have been even worse.

"The club was saved by its fire doors and the prompt actions of the fire brigade and the staff at the Waterline, to whom we are grateful," it said.

The fire came after Stranraer's home tie with East Fife at the weekend.

The Dumfries and Galloway side lost 2-0 to the league leaders.