East Lindsey

Beach huts fire was deliberate, firefighters say

The fire which destroyed several beach huts on the Lincolnshire coast has been deemed as ‘deliberate’.

Fire crews from Mablethorpe, Alford, North Somercotes and Skegness Fire attended Bohemia Promenade in Sutton-on-Sea overnight between Sunday, September 16 and Monday, September 17 as four beach chalets and their contents were on fire.

Fire and heat damage was done to two further chalets and the fire was extinguished using two breathing apparatus and two hose reels.

Nobody was injured.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue told Lincolnshire Reporter that the fire has been recorded as deliberate and has been passed onto Lincolnshire Police.

The spokesperson said: “Serious damage by fire to four beach huts and contents, including a gas canister. Moderate damage by heat and smoke to two neighbouring chalets. Extinguished using two BA and two HR Jets – Cause was deliberate.”

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information following criminal damage to the beach huts.

Police said: “It is believed that at least six beach huts were damaged after being deliberately set on fire at approximately midnight, and we are appealing for any information.

“If you were in the area during the evening, and late into the night, we would like to hear from you if you saw anything that may help with this investigation.”

KatyTee, who is a non-resident owner of one of the beach huts, posted on social media about the incident before telling Lincolnshire Reporter: “This news is devastating for the beach hut community at Sutton on Sea, these little structures are affordable, peaceful seaside havens for so many people and an important part of our Lincolnshire coastal heritage.

“So relieved our hut is safe but heartbroken for those who have lost theirs.”

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