Deliberately started fire destroys Cambridge play centre Funky Funhouse

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Cambridge’s indoor play centre Funky Funhouse was destroyed by a fire on Friday, April 14. The fire is believed to have broken out at about 10.40 p.m., and to have caused damage of around £750,000.

While no one was inside the building at the time of the fire, Funky Funhouse, which is situated at Mercers Row, saw its soft play area, café and day nursery destroyed. Fire crews from Suffolk were called in to help the local Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service fight the blaze, with the firefighters employing hose reels and jets to stop the spread of the flames to neighbouring buildings.

While the cause of the fire is currently under investigation, the Cambridgeshire Fire Service has recently confirmed that it was a deliberate arson attack. Aaron Othman, a director at the company, has also revealed that the building had been broken into, and its safe and tills emptied.

“It’s the worst possible time,” Mr Othman added. “We had eight birthday parties booked today [Saturday] and were expecting about 700 people. We’re working hard to make arrangements with other venues so we won’t disappoint the children.”

Source: Cambridge News

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