An early morning fire has destroyed the clubhouse at the former

Morrow Park

Bowling Club in Wickham.
Fire crews were called to the timber and iron clubhouse in Railway Lane just before two a.m. to find the 50 by 20 metre building well alight.
About 25 firefighters took almost three hours to extinguish the fire, which also forced the closure of the railway line for around two hours.

Newcastle Fire and Rescue say five nearby residents were evacuated.

It’s believed a candle may have sparked the blaze.