Historic fairground ride destroyed at Pleasureland, SouthportARSONISTS are suspected to be behind a blaze at a former Haunted House fairground attraction.
Fire tore through the derelict two-storey Haunted Inn building at Pleasureland, Southport, just before 5.30am on Saturday.
When fire crews arrived the building was well alight and smoke billowed high into the air.
The joint investigation by police and Merseyside fire and rescue service could not confirm the fire was started deliberately.
But as there were no electrical faults with the equipment, they believe it is possible the attraction may have been deliberately destroyed.
A Merseyside fire and rescue spokesman told the ECHO: “The investigation cannot confirm that it was deliberate. But after checking the equipment there are no electrical faults at all. So it’s possible that the fire was started deliberately.”
It is understood security guards on the site have experienced trouble with gangs wanting to cause damage.
The Haunted House was the last remaining part of the old Pleasureland. If the fire was started on purpose it would be the latest in a string of arson attacks on the resort’s most historic fairground rides.
The funfair reopened as New Pleasureland in July 2007 and in April last year arsonists targeted the derelict River Caves ride.
The 893-feet long boat ride was known as a favourite place for teenage sweethearts to share a kiss in near-darkness.If you have any information about the fire, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.