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Firefighters spend more than five hours overnight battling Chigwell gym roof fire

PUBLISHED: 07:35 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:09 07 December 2018

Videos of the fire were spread over social media last night. Photo: Twitter/BAmberLong

Videos of the fire were spread over social media last night. Photo: Twitter/BAmberLong

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The David Lloyd Gym in Chigwell is closed until further notice after a fire tore through the building last night (Thursday, December 6).

Essex Fire and Rescue service confirmed it was called to the gym in Roding Lane at 5.38pm.

Crews reported on arrival that there was a fire within the gym’s sauna, which is relatively small, measuring approximately 10 metres by five metres.

The fire within the sauna was extinguished by firefighters by 6.08pm, but unfortunately it had already spread quickly to the building’s roof area.

At 8pm, the Incident Commander reported that firefighters were continuing to work to contain the fire and prevent it spreading further.

Videos of the fire were spread over social media last night. Photo: Twitter/MrNickBickVideos of the fire were spread over social media last night. Photo: Twitter/MrNickBick

At 11pm on Thursday evening much of the building’s roof remained alight, and that fire crews were still on the scene tackling the blaze.

Firefighters left the scene at around 3am and revisited later in the morning to ensure it was still safe.

A statement released by David Lloyd said: “We can confirm that all members and team were safely evacuated from our Chigwell club this evening after the fire alarm sounded.

“The emergency services are in attendance at the club, which is currently closed.

“The health and safety of our members and team is always our number one priority.”

In a post on the David Lloyd Chigwell Facebook page last night, the company added: “Unfortunately, the David Lloyd Club Chigwell will remain closed until further notice due to a fire this evening.”

It continued: “We are very sorry for any inconvenience this unforeseen closure may cause.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire will go now go ahead, led by Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

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