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Blackburn's historic Griffin Lodge up in flames again

Lancashire Telegraph: The burned-out remains of the outbuildings after Saturday’s fire The burned-out remains of the outbuildings after Saturday’s fire

ARSONISTS are believed to be behind another fire at an historic Blackburn property, prompting calls for action to protect it.

Four fire crews were called to the derelict Griffin Lodge and Coach House, in Cavendish Place, Blackburn, in the early hours of Saturday, and found flames and smoke pouring from the stable buildings.

The fire was sparked in the outbuildings at about midnight and crews battled the blaze until 5am. They said the 19th century outbuildings were ‘all but destroyed’.

Meanwhile, crews from Darwen had to cover a fire at Witton Mill, a disused office building in nearby Stancliffe Street, which was reported shortly after the blaze at Griffin Lodge. Police were investigating whether the two fires were linked.

Griffin Lodge and Coach House has become a magnet for vandals and anti-social youths, and an arson attack on the mansion house in October last year left the Grade Two-listed building as a burnt-out shell.

Residents and Mill Hill councillor Carol Walsh have now called on owners Blackburn with Darwen Council to take urgent action.

The council had found a potential buyer before a fire in October, but the sale then stalled.

Affectionately known by locals as ‘red doors’, Griffin Lodge was built in 1824 by Blackburn cotton magnate Thomas Dugdale, and was most recently used by the Lancashire Museum Service, until being vacated several years ago.

Coun Walsh said: “It’s tragic because it’s such a lovely property and such a big part of the area.

“There definitely needs to be something done quickly, before we lose it completely.

“I’ll be following this up with the resources department today.

“The house was going to be done up with insurance money from the last fire, and hopefully that can still happen.”

Jim Smith, another Mill Hill councillor and cabinet member for environment said: “We are still looking at the options at the moment, to see if it can be rebuilt and put back into working order.

“The mansion house is completely burnt out and can’t be sold like that.

“Whoever has done this needs arresting and locking up for a very long time because this is a beautiful building and a piece of Griffin Park history.”

Tom Ashworth, watch manager at Blackburn fire station, said: “The property has been disused for a number of years and kids have been getting in through a window at the back and using it as a den.

“The stable buildings are now pretty much destroyed apart from the brickwork.”

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11:46am Mon 20 Jan 14

crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff says...

Why not knock it down and build something modern that the community could use? The building is run down and an attraction for local youths. Millions of tax payers money would have to be spent to restore the building
Why not knock it down and build something modern that the community could use? The building is run down and an attraction for local youths. Millions of tax payers money would have to be spent to restore the building crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff
  • Score: -22

12:50pm Mon 20 Jan 14

DarioG2000 says...

Can't believe somebody has done a Colin.
Can't believe somebody has done a Colin. DarioG2000
  • Score: 2

5:17pm Mon 20 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff wrote:
Why not knock it down and build something modern that the community could use? The building is run down and an attraction for local youths. Millions of tax payers money would have to be spent to restore the building
You have the same attitude as there's but thay want the land to build ugly town houses , taxpayers money wouldn't be wasted , would come out of capita who manage it its a private company (the the ones you pay your tv licence too )
[quote][p][bold]crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff[/bold] wrote: Why not knock it down and build something modern that the community could use? The building is run down and an attraction for local youths. Millions of tax payers money would have to be spent to restore the building[/p][/quote]You have the same attitude as there's but thay want the land to build ugly town houses , taxpayers money wouldn't be wasted , would come out of capita who manage it its a private company (the the ones you pay your tv licence too ) phil kernot
  • Score: 6

5:32pm Mon 20 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

Some developer has had his eye on it for a while i bet , so because it's listed thay wouldn't be able to knock it down unless its burnt down happens all the and capita would no that
Some developer has had his eye on it for a while i bet , so because it's listed thay wouldn't be able to knock it down unless its burnt down happens all the and capita would no that phil kernot
  • Score: 7

6:16pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Noiticer says...

So sad to read of a building with so much history attached to it being allowed to deteriorate so badly. Hope someone takes it on and it comes back to life. The interior of the Lodge is almost as it was a hundred years ago with built - in safe, music room, original kitchen and a gasproof bomb shelter in the basement built in 1934!
So sad to read of a building with so much history attached to it being allowed to deteriorate so badly. Hope someone takes it on and it comes back to life. The interior of the Lodge is almost as it was a hundred years ago with built - in safe, music room, original kitchen and a gasproof bomb shelter in the basement built in 1934! Noiticer
  • Score: 9

9:39pm Mon 20 Jan 14

karltop says...

Labour voters, again, doing what they do best. Labour and their cohorts have destroyed this town.
Labour voters, again, doing what they do best. Labour and their cohorts have destroyed this town. karltop
  • Score: 7

4:07pm Tue 21 Jan 14

DarioG2000 says...

Colin has destroyed this town
Colin has destroyed this town DarioG2000
  • Score: 0

5:42pm Tue 21 Jan 14

steveo2000 says...

When i own a property, its insured against all eventuality. Surely being so old and historic it would be insured? It should be brought back to its former glory and turned in a community building. Maybe a children s home, so it`s manned 24/7 and they can enjoy the park.
When i own a property, its insured against all eventuality. Surely being so old and historic it would be insured? It should be brought back to its former glory and turned in a community building. Maybe a children s home, so it`s manned 24/7 and they can enjoy the park. steveo2000
  • Score: 2

9:06pm Tue 21 Jan 14

GrindletonBob says...

I recall a disused listed hospital building in another town that the developers were keen to demolish so that homes could be built. It actually had 24 hour security on site. They were distracted to the other side of the site, meanwhile a professional arson attack was mounted on the listed building. If the Council had wanted to retain Griffin Lodge, they should have kept it secure and regularly inspected it. The Fire Brigade report kids were routinely entering and using the building as a den - confirmation that no-one was checking it to ensure it was secure.
I recall a disused listed hospital building in another town that the developers were keen to demolish so that homes could be built. It actually had 24 hour security on site. They were distracted to the other side of the site, meanwhile a professional arson attack was mounted on the listed building. If the Council had wanted to retain Griffin Lodge, they should have kept it secure and regularly inspected it. The Fire Brigade report kids were routinely entering and using the building as a den - confirmation that no-one was checking it to ensure it was secure. GrindletonBob
  • Score: 1

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