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Tunbridge Wells FC suffer tragic week after fire and fatal incident outside the ground

Tunbridge Wells Football Club has been left devastated after a fire broke out at their clubhouse late last Thursday (January 12th) evening.

The blaze broke out just after 9pm with smoke and flames seen billowing from the roof of the building in Culverden Down.

At its peak, the fire was tackled by four fire engines and a water bowser, with crews also using breathing apparatus and compressed air foam.

The flames were extinguished by midnight and by the next morning the community was left contemplating its loss.

The club posted on social media: “Tunbridge Wells FC can confirm that there has been a serious fire at the clubhouse on Thursday evening. Thankfully no one was injured. The club would like to thank Kent fire
and rescue for all of their efforts.”

In a club statement their added: “Inspection of the clubhouse by board members in attendance revealed a scene of almost complete destruction. It was immediately evident that the clubhouse would be unusable for the foreseeable future.

The statement from Tunbridge Wells Football Club in full.

Many clubs including Tunbridge Wells Rugby Football Club were quick to tweet their sympathy as well as Hawkenbury FC who posted: “Awful news guys. Hope this is sorted sooner rather than later and this fantastic club can be up and running again.”

Fatal incident outside ground
In addition to the fire at Tunbridge Wells Football Club, the club were also mourning the passing of a supporter after a tragic incident last Saturday outside The Culverden Stadium.

The club extending our deepest condolences to his family and friends, and ask that anyone with information should contact the police directly.

• You can support Tunbridge Wells Football Club by donating to their JustGiving page set up at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/twellsfc.

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