National League North side Brackley Town have confirmed their home ground has been hit by fire.
The club confirmed that a fire broke out in the early hours of this morning (20/06) in the clubhouse area of their St. James’ Park ground.
In a statement released, the club’s chairman confirmed they believed that the clubhouse had been destroyed by the blaze.
In a statement, the club’s chairman Francis Oliver confirmed a fire broke out this morning, although they believed the football side of the business should be able to continue.
He said, “At around about 3am this morning a fire broke out at the club. We believe at this moment in time the main clubhouse building has been destroyed.
“Obviously this is a very traumatic time for everyone at the club and all involved. We do believe that the football side of the business will be able to operate without too much upheaval as we hope the changing room block has not been affected.
“Also we believe that the new build has not been damaged and this could be up and running within 6 to 8 weeks.”
Brackley are scheduled to play pre-season matches against EFL sides Oxford United, MK Dons and Northampton during July ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) released a statement confirming their crews, along with further firefighters from Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, were called and brought it under control after around 3 hours of fighting the blaze.
They said, “Crews from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) have today been tackling a fire at Brackley Town Football’s clubhouse building. NFRS was called to the fire in Churchill Way shortly before 3am and it was brought under control by about 6am.
“More than 30 firefighters attended the scene and they were also supported by crews from Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. At this stage, the cause of the fire is believed to have been electrical.
“The roof and bar area were damaged during this incident.”