Trio of Arcade Fires this week


It has been a bad week for arcade fires in the UK. Today, the Liverpool Echo reports that New Brighton’s Palace amusement arcade has been damaged by an early hours blaze.

Firefighters were called to the Palace Amusement Arcade on the Marine Promenade in New Brighton at around 2.40am this morning.

At its height more than 30 firefighters from Birkenhead and Wallasey were at the scene, moving inside the building where the blaze began in a store room.

Fire crews also put out a fire that started at an amusement arcade in Weston, Somerset on October 16. An electrical sign at Golden Gate Amusements on Regent Street caught fire and three fire appliances were called at around 4.33pm after customers and staff were evacuated. Firefighters put the fire out with carbon dioxide, with the cause of the fire thought to be an electrical fault.

Finally, a fire at Ramsgate’s Royal Victoria Pavilion on Saturday is being investigated by police. Four fire engines rushed to the scene at about 1pm after smoke started billowing from the derelict former casino’s roof. The derelict Royal Victoria Pavilion on Ramsgate’s Parade caught alight on Saturday afternoon. Amusement arcade Harbour manager John Paul, 30, who works opposite, raised the alarm.

He said: “If that had gone up in flames, it would have gone up good.

“It has been derelict for so long, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened.”

The 106-year-old building is owned by Thanet council and has been empty since 2008, when leaseholder Rank Entertainment moved its casino to Westwood Cross.


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