Two men and a woman arrested for corporate manslaughter after fatal fire at Morecambe social club

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Detectives investigating a fatal fire at a Morecambe social club have arrested two men and a woman.


Emergency services were called to a fire at the Gordon Working Men’s Club in Springfield Street, Morecambe at about 2.50pm on Wednesday, October 9.

Two men died shortly after being rescued from a fire at Gordon Working Mens Club in Springfield Street, Morecambe on Wednesday, October 9

Two men died shortly after being rescued from a fire at Gordon Working Mens Club in Springfield Street, Morecambe on Wednesday, October 9

John McCartney, 60 and Philip 'Tony' Townsend, 70, were rescued from the burning building by firefighters but died a short time later.

A joint investigation into the cause of the blaze between police, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and the local authority has been on-going.

Today (October 29), Lancashire Police have made three arrests.

They are a 23-year-old man from Morecambe, a 51-year-old woman from Morecambe and a 54-year-old man from Hest Bank.

They have been arrested for corporate manslaughter and are currently in custody.

Detective Inspector Abi Finch Hall, of West CID said: "While we have today made three arrests as part of our investigation, our enquiries are very much on-going and I would continue to appeal to anyone who may have information, and who has not yet spoken to police, to get in touch with us."

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Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0803 of October 9th or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.