Cliffe Bonfire Society Meeting Hired Lewes’ Phoenix Theatre Destroyed By Fire
FIRE has gutted the newly refurbished Phoenix Theatre and Studio building on North Street in Lewes, East Sussex.
Witness Adrian Sunderland says the venue had been hired by the – get this – the Cliffe Bonfire Society.
“They were setting up in there and a band was setting up their instruments and equipment and all of a sudden we smelt burning, smoke with an unusual acrid smell. We looked round and saw smoke pouring out of the corner of the theatre. We went running over with a fire extinguisher, thought ‘well maybe it’s just a small fire’, went in and the whole building was just well alight.”
Was it crowded? Did anyone shout ‘fire”..?
CORRECTION: The BBC says it misquoted the source. The Bonfire Society was not involved. The venue had been hired by a teenager’s birthday party. Easy mistake to make, though, yeah?