Fire at paintball centre

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a paintball centre in St Helens.

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Paintball fire treated as "suspected malicious ignition"

Merseyside police have said that they are treating the cause of a fire at a former paintball centre in Merseyside as suspicious.

A joint investigation with the police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has been launched following the blaze on Borough Road yesterday evening.

There were no injuries resulting from the fire but the building has been left severely damaged.

House-to-house and forensic enquiries are ongoing in the local area. Officers have said that they are particularly keen to speak with two boys, aged around 14, who witnesses saw in the area around the time of the fire.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6041 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

No casualties reported following paintball centre blaze

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have said that there were no reported casualties following a fire in Merseyside yesterday.

Crews were called to a burning paintball centre on Borough Road, St Helens at around 5pm. It was initially feared that two people were trapped inside.

More than six engines fought the fire at the centre which is currently not in use.

"Firefighters continued to fight the fire through the evening and right through the night.

"Hotspotting and damping down has continued throughout the night and into this morning to ensure the fire is completely out.

"There have been no casualties reported. The cause of the fire is not yet known."

– Fire service spokesman

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Roof collapses in St Helens paintball centre fire

An aerial appliance is being used to tackle the fire on Borough Road. Credit: Andy Bonner, ITV News

Merseyside Fire and Rescue says the incident has been divided into sections in order to deal with the fire.

Part of the roof of the building has collapsed and a large number of tyres are involved in the fire.

The nearby Pilkington's factory has been evacuated but emergency services say it is not currently affected by the fire.

Residents are being advised to keep doors and windows shut until further notice.

Firefighters tackle blaze at paintball centre

Fire fighters have been called to a major blaze at an indoor paintballing centre in Borough Road, St. Helens.

There have been reports of two people who have entered the building and have not yet come out.

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