Second fire at abandoned Newcastle bowling club declared crime scene

Fire crews on scene on Wednesday morning. Picture: Ben Drzyzga
Fire crews on scene on Wednesday morning. Picture: Ben Drzyzga

THERE has been a second fire on the site of the former National Park Bowling Club in Smith Street. 

Police have declared the area a crime scene after a small shed on the site burnt down on Wednesday morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene about 6.40am. When the three crews arrived the metal shed was well alight.

The fire was extinguished by 7am but all of the contents, which included greenkeeping equipment, were destroyed.

This is the second fire at the site this year, after the former club went up in flames in April.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shed fire, but could not be drawn on whether the two blazes were connected.

Fire crews and police remained on scene at 7am Wednesday morning. Picture: Ben Drzyzga

Fire crews and police remained on scene at 7am Wednesday morning. Picture: Ben Drzyzga

FIRE DESTROYS ABANDONED BOWLING CLUB

The abandoned bowling club in Newcastle was destroyed by fire in April.

The blaze broke out around 7.30am on April 7 at the former National Park Bowling Club in Smith Street.

It was still burning three hours later but firefighters managed to get the blaze was under control. 

Nearby residents said they believed squatters had been staying in the building, which had been boarded-up.