Devastating blaze under investigation

Fire overnight at Powerplay Paintball and Operation Laser Tag, Coal Pit Lane, Clifton Woods, Brighouse'Pictured is owner Steve Bull with remains of toilets and changing rooms
Fire overnight at Powerplay Paintball and Operation Laser Tag, Coal Pit Lane, Clifton Woods, Brighouse'Pictured is owner Steve Bull with remains of toilets and changing rooms

THOUSANDS of pounds worth of damage caused by a fire has devastated a popular paintballing centre.

Powerplay Paintball and Operation Laser Tag on Coalpit Lane, Clifton, has seen three quarters of its buildings burnt to the ground on Tuesday night.

Owner Steve Bull now faces the extensive task of rebuilding the huts but is determined to remain open during this time.

“I couldn’t believe how much damage there was when I arrived,” he said. “When I first got the call I thought it may have only been one building but it was almost everywhere.

“Business has been good in May and we expected the same in June but now we are faced of having to rebuild it all.

“We are going to make the area safe and carry on as normal as we can.”

Mr Bull, who has run the firm for the last ten years, estimates the fire will have caused around £5,000-worth of damage but they still plan on running parties that have been booked by setting up a temporary base.

A Brighouse fire crew and one engine from Cleckheaton attended the blaze at 9.30pm in the built up woodland area and were there for two hours before it was brought under control.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire.

Buildings for the changing room, kit storage, administration and signing room, rest area and toilets were all severely damaged. Fortunately no paintballing equipment is kept on site over night.

Surrounding trees and grass areas were also badly scorched.

Tracy Andrew, site manager, said: “I was absolutely gutted when I heard the news. We developed a section only 18 months ago but that is now totally destroyed.”

The centre was hit by another fire around five years ago when a small administration area was damaged.