Crews from Barrow, Walney, Millom, Ulverston, Grange, Windermere, Bootle, Arnside and even Lancaster spent hours trying to put the fire out and as the sun rose the following day, the iconic building was left resembling a burnt-out shell of its former self.

“We then reach a conclusion by ruling out possible sources of ignition, with the intention of being left with one ignition source, but because the fuse box was so badly damaged we were unable to discount a short circuit or electrical overload.”

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