Fire at game between Halifax and Featherstone at The Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington

A BLAZE, started in the female toilets at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, delaying yesterday’s Championship Grand Final.

Halifax fans were moved from the west stand onto the pitch during the televised game against Featherstone Rovers while fire alarms went off.

Firefighters were called at 6.05pm and led to the stand’s toilets where there was a lot of smoke. The blaze started in a cleaner’s cupboard next to a cubicle in the ladies toilets and damage was confined to the contents of the cupboard and surrounding pipework. Smoke was cleared from the stand using positive pressure fans but it was decided to move Halifax fans to the east stand.

An investigation found the cause of the fire was deliberate. Nobody was injured but the incident delayed the game for more than an hour while fans were evacuated onto the pitch.

John Turner, of Warrington’s blue watch, said: “The toilets were accessible to the general public at the time and due to the location and extent of the fire it would appear that it was lit from beneath the cubicle.

“The actions and procedures of the stadium staff were extemporary.

“On our arrival crews were directed to the incident without delay and the stadium was fully evacuated of over 1400 people in a calm and professional manner.

“I will be writing to the manager to convey our thanks to his staff on a job well done.”

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9:20am Mon 27 Sep 10

grey_man says...

A piece of cardboard?
A piece of cardboard? grey_man

9:23am Mon 27 Sep 10

warrington_biker says...

must have been a bloody big piece.
must have been a bloody big piece. warrington_biker

10:43am Mon 27 Sep 10

dnk2008 says...

females were smoking and threw there lit butt into a store cupboard.. pathetic, the fans have no respects for other fans stadium!!
females were smoking and threw there lit butt into a store cupboard.. pathetic, the fans have no respects for other fans stadium!! dnk2008

1:06pm Mon 27 Sep 10

LJ says...

You get lit butts through lighting ****. Serves them jolly well right. Yorkshire lasses eh?
You get lit butts through lighting ****. Serves them jolly well right. Yorkshire lasses eh? LJ

9:31pm Mon 27 Sep 10

MikeJT says...

Was at the game and it was amazing how many people were smoking AFTER the fire incident and then went off on one (along with their mates) when they got pulled out and presumably kicked out!
Was at the game and it was amazing how many people were smoking AFTER the fire incident and then went off on one (along with their mates) when they got pulled out and presumably kicked out! MikeJT

1:58pm Tue 28 Sep 10

Claire-stadium says...

I was working right next to were the fire started. people had been smoking in the toilets all day, they no it is a no smoking ground so why do it!! thought rugby fans were better than football fans clearly not all the same !!
I was working right next to were the fire started. people had been smoking in the toilets all day, they no it is a no smoking ground so why do it!! thought rugby fans were better than football fans clearly not all the same !! Claire-stadium

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