Dramatic images show the remains of a 117-year-old golf club destroyed after a suspected arson attack

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Dramatic aerial photos show burnt-out remains of a 117-year-old golf club destroyed by fire following suspected arson

  • Lutterworth Golf Club, in Leicestershire, has been reduced to charred remains after suspected arson
  • A total of 40 firefighters fought the fire at the 117-year-old golf club for more than eight hours on Saturday night
  • Damage to the club, which charges members £ 1,000 a year, is estimated at hundreds of thousands
  • Fire brigade investigators are investigating the cause of the fire and arson has not yet been ruled out

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Dramatic aerial photos show the charred remains of a historic golf club that was destroyed in a suspected arson attack over Bank Holiday weekend.

About 40 firefighters battled the fire at Lutterworth Golf Club in Leicestershire for more than eight hours after a fire broke out at 10pm on Saturday evening.

The staff of the 117-year-old club, which charges members up to £ 1,000 for an annual membership, described the fire as ‘big’.

These dramatic aerial photos show the charred remains of the 117-year-old prestigious buildings of Lutterworth Golf Club, in Leicestershire, which were completely destroyed in a suspected bank holiday weekend arson attack.

These dramatic aerial photos show the charred remains of the 117-year-old prestigious buildings of Lutterworth Golf Club, in Leicestershire, which were completely destroyed in a suspected bank holiday weekend arson attack.

The 117-year-old building has been gutted by fire and damage is estimated at hundreds of thousands of pounds

The 117-year-old building has been gutted by fire and damage is estimated at hundreds of thousands of pounds

The 117-year-old building has been gutted by fire and damage is estimated at hundreds of thousands of pounds

A total of 40 firefighters battled the blaze for more than eight hours on Saturday evening after the blaze broke out at approximately 10 p.m.

A total of 40 firefighters battled the blaze for more than eight hours on Saturday evening after the blaze broke out at approximately 10 p.m.

A total of 40 firefighters battled the blaze for more than eight hours on Saturday evening after the blaze broke out at approximately 10 p.m.

Photos of the scene show the massive fire at Lutterworth Golf Club, which prompted several people to call 999

Photos of the scene show the massive fire at Lutterworth Golf Club, which prompted several people to call 999

Photos of the scene show the massive fire at Lutterworth Golf Club, which prompted several people to call 999

It is believed that no one was in the clubhouse at the time of the fire that caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage.

To complicate firefighting, there were some small propane gas cylinders on the site that posed a hazard to firefighters.

The Leicestershire police were also on hand, along with gas and electricity engineers to isolate the supply to the building.

A statement on the club’s Facebook page read: ‘Unfortunately, there has been a major fire at Lutterworth Golf Club.

The track and club are closed until further notice. We will provide more information if we can. ‘

One golfer wrote: “The entire history of the club was etched throughout the clubhouse … absolutely speechless and devastated.”

Another wrote: ‘This is such sad news, I used to work at the golf club and played golf for years. The history of the club is over and so many irreplaceable items. ‘

Fire investigators investigate the cause of the fire, but arson cannot be ruled out.

To complicate firefighting, there were some small propane gas cylinders on site posing a hazard to firefighters

To complicate firefighting, there were some small propane gas cylinders on site posing a hazard to firefighters

To complicate firefighting, there were some small propane gas cylinders on site posing a hazard to firefighters

Firefighters were still at the site of the Lutterworth Golf Club fire, muffling hot spots on Sunday morning

Firefighters were still at the site of the Lutterworth Golf Club fire, muffling hot spots on Sunday morning

Firefighters were still at the site of the Lutterworth Golf Club fire, muffling hot spots on Sunday morning

Leicestershire police were also on hand, along with gas and electricity engineers to isolate the supply to the building

Leicestershire police were also on hand, along with gas and electricity engineers to isolate the supply to the building

Leicestershire police were also on hand, along with gas and electricity engineers to isolate the supply to the building

A Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: ‘Upon arrival, the incident commander confirmed that the building was involved in a fire and had been properly set on fire.

Further fire engines and the antenna ladder were asked to assist in the firefighting.

“Two main jets of water, aerial ladder water, and two hose reels were in use to fight the fire.”

There were fears of further explosions from propane gas cylinders on site, but luckily firefighters were able to get the blaze under control.

South Leicestershire Member of Parliament Alberto Costa said the damage to the club was ‘absolutely devastating to behold’.

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