Fire at New Brighton’s Palace Amusements
A TEENAGER was being questioned by police today after a fire at a popular Merseyside seaside arcade.
The 18-year-old was held on suspicion of arson after the blaze at the well-known Palace Amusements on New Brighton’s Marine Promenade.
Merseyside fire and rescue service were called at around 2.40am today to reports of a fire.
At its height, more than 30 officers were on the scene battling the flames, which damaged the ground floor of the two-storey building and cut off the electrical supply to the slot machines and other amusements ahead of half-term week.
Watch manager Dave Thomas, from Birkenhead fire station, who led the efforts to put out the fire, said at 9am today crews were still on the scene damping down the embers as investigators arrived to determine how the blaze began.
Mr Thomas told the ECHO: “The fire was started in a store room attached to the main building.
“It spread into a fish and chip shop and caused smoke damage to some of the amusement arcade machines on the floor.
“Quick actions by the fire and rescue service stopped it spreading further and onto the upper floor.
“The electrical intake unit was badly damaged, as was the store room where the fire started.”
A special extendible ladder was also brought in so firefighters could blast the flames from above to stop the building being consumed in flames.
The amusement arcade has been owned by the family of current boss David Wilkie for a century. Mr Wilkie was unavailable for comment today.
The ECHO understands one youth was arrested in connection with the blaze.