Marquee at Ipswich Town's training ground left scorched after fire

The fire-damaged marquee at Ipswich Town's Playford Road training centre

The fire-damaged marquee at Ipswich Town's Playford Road training centre - Credit: Steve Smith

Firefighters are working with Ipswich Town to establish the cause of a blaze which destroyed a marquee at the club's Rushmere training ground this weekend.

The blaze at the Playford Road complex, which opened in 2001, was discovered on Sunday morning.

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: "Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service continues to work with Ipswich Town Football Club on an investigation into the cause of a fire at their training ground in the early hours of Sunday 6 February, and would welcome anyone coming forward with information to assist with this."

The spokesman stressed the blaze was not currently thought to be suspicious.

A statement from the club said: "The club is disappointed to announce fire damage to part of the Playford Road training ground facilities.

"The fire was discovered on the morning of Sunday, 6 February 2022. No one was injured.

Ipswich Town's training centre is in Playford Road, Rushmere

Ipswich Town's training centre is in Playford Road, Rushmere - Credit: Archant

"A marquee, used for player activation and fitness sessions, has been destroyed.

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"The club takes great pride in its local community and we see ourselves as one of the many organisations leading on that front. We would therefore be extremely disappointed should it be discovered that the damage caused was intentional.

"The club will await a report from the relevant authorities and will make no further comment at this time."