Firefighters attend swimming pool blaze

PUBLISHED: 18:11 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 August 2010

A DERELICT swimming pool has caught fire for the second time in four days.

A DERELICT swimming pool has caught fire for the second time in four days.

Riverside Baths on Erith High Street was ablaze for the second time last Monday after someone removed the security hoarding and started a fire.

The incident happened after 20 firefighters spent more than an hour putting out the first blaze on Thursday, October 9

at 6.06pm.

Someone broke into the site, which has been empty since April 2005, and dumped three propane gas canisters in the boiler room.

As a precaution Walnut Tree Road was closed and the canisters were found empty.

A spokesperson for Bexley council said they removed all dangerous substances from the building when it was closed in 2005.

He said: "The empty gas canisters were removed and the boiler room was secured."

The mural which used to be on the outside of the building was not at risk as it has already been removed for renovation.

Demolition work is due to start before the end of the year, subject to planning consent.

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