Pavilion response

This page documents the timeline since Easter Monday in 2015, when the iconic pavilion which had dominated the Ashes since 1927 was burnt down.

Monday April 13

An emergency meeting of the Ashes Playing Field Trust is held to establish a way forward and put in place plans to raise funds for replacing the facilities.

Wednesday April 8

Humberside Police confirm a 13-year-old boy has come forward as a suspect. Chief Inspector Kirsty Tock says: “The media coverage of this incident has prompted a 13-year-old suspect to come forward. I would like to thank the community and the local press for their coverage of the fire and would now ask that they allow the police to carry out a full investigation. Speculation via social media has been intense following the incident and I would ask for people to please respect that there is an investigation underway and avoid rumour and hearsay.”

The pavilion in the morning after the fire (image: Luke Thornhill)

The pavilion on the morning of Tuesday April 7, the morning after the fire and before emergency services had returned to the site

Tuesday April 7

The police and fire brigade make the site safe. Chief Inspector Kirsty Tock of Humberside Police says:

“Although thankfully no one was injured in the incident this is a well-used facility and a valued historic building. Its destruction is a significant loss to the community.

The fire quickly took hold (image: Ian Parker)

The fire quickly took hold (image: Ian Parker)

Monday April 6
A fire, thought to be deliberate, starts in the early evening, with a member of the public making an emergency 999 call at 6.57pm. After a warm and dry spell it does not take long for the building to be totally engulfed in flames and beyond saving.