Cardenden pool shut for ‘foreseeable future’ after health suite blaze

Bowhill pool will remain closed until repairs are carried out. Pic: FPA
Bowhill pool will remain closed until repairs are carried out. Pic: FPA

A fire at a popular swimming pool in Cardenden at the weekend has resulted in it being closed for the forseeable future.

Although damage from the blaze at the Bowhill Swimming Pool, which happened after 7pm on Saturday, was confined to the health suite, there was considerable smoke and water damage from putting it out.

There was nobody inside the building at the time of the blaze as it had shut that day at 1pm.

Fife Sport and Leisure Trust, which runs the facility in Station Road, says it is too early to determine when it will re-open.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in Fife told the Press that calls raising the alarm had been received around 7.20pm, with four appliances from Lochgelly and Kirkcaldy attending.

Around 20 firefighters tackled the blaze and were on the scene until around 10.30pm.

Scott Urquhart, operations manager for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “We are working with Fife Council to carry out necessary investigation work and will keep customers updated via our website with regards the centre opening for customer use.

‘‘ We are sorry for any inconvenience to users and would encourage them to visit the Trust’s other centres to access facilities.”

Grant Ward, head of area services for Fife Council added: “The fire was contained to the health suite area of the building.

‘‘But there has been water and smoke damage throughout so it is still closed.

‘‘A fire report is being compiled and we have council and leisure trust staff on site assessing the extent of the damage.

‘‘It’s too early to speculate when we think the building will be ready to re-open.”

Youngsters on school holidays had been enjoying free pool sessions as part of the Trust’s summer programme, but they will have to go elsewhere.

On the trust’s website Bowhill pool, which has a gym, sauna and steam-room, is described as “one of Fife’s hidden gems ... a small but beautiful local amenity known for its friendly atmosphere, it is well-used by the local community.”

Local councillor Mark Hood said the timing of the fire was unfortunate.

“With the kids being on holiday, our promotion for free swimming is particularly popular,” he said.