Fire club manager arrested

Trades Club fire on Chadwick Street 31/10
Trades Club fire on Chadwick Street 31/10

The manager of a Blackpool club destroyed in a huge blaze has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Barry Griezans, who ran The Trades Club, on Chadwick Street, off Central Drive, was arrested following the fire which ripped through both floors and destroyed the roof last month.

More than 40 firefighters were sent to tackle the fire and around 60 residents evacuated from their homes as the flames raged.

The historic club has now been demolished.

Twenty-five houses on Kent Road, Chadwick Street and Erdington Road remained cordoned off for several days amid fears the buildings were unsafe.

The club was so badly damaged Blackpool Council instructed it be demolished to so it would not pose a safety risk.

The Trades Club was historically a meeting point for Blackpool’s Trades Council.

Following the fire, Mr Griezans told The Gazette he was “devastated”.

He was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger lives.

A Lancashire Police spokesman confirmed: “A 29-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger lives.

“He has been released on bail until January 18.”