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Issue:-  22 November 2014

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Toad Hall was a blaze
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ON 15 November, 2014, the building known by many as Ainsdale grot spot, Toad Hall, went on fire. The building which is located next to Pontins Holiday Camp was once a thriving night club, but it had been closed for many years, falling into disrepair. In recent years it became one of several Sefton Council owned properties earmarked for fast track regeneration and in 2012, plans to turn it into flats or houses were revealed to the public. "With broken windows and dumped rubbish in and around it, the build was a blaze waiting to happen." a local told us when we headed over to take photos the following day. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, who extinguished the fire said:- "We attended the former club, on Shore Road, at around 9.50pm, on Saturday, 15 November, 2014, with 4 fire appliances and an aerial appliance. Fire-fighters were at the scene until around 1.30am on Sunday, 16 November, 2014. Fire-fighters had to tackle the fire from outside the property due to the condition of the inside of the building." As a result all the electrical supply to the unoccupied building has been fully cut off. An investigation is now underway into what caused the 1st floor and attic to catch alight. The site is of historic value, but this might mean the building is now demolished.

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