'Words can’t describe how sad this sight is' - Shocking photograph shows devastating damage to West Yorkshire cricket club completely burnt to ground in fire

The community of Ilkley have been left in despair after a devastating fire engulfed a cricket club - '100%' burning it to the ground.

Sunday, 25th August 2019, 9:57 am
cc Barry Oldham

The fire at Olicanian Cricket Club in Ilkley has left the club in ashes, with shocking photographs showing the horrific damage to the site.

Barry Oldham, a player at the club, arrived this morning to discover the damage to his beloved club.

He said: "There are a lot of despondent people there today.

cc Barry Oldham

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"Words can't describe it."

Four appliances were scrambled to the scene, where crews used 5 large jets to extinguish the fire.

However, 100% of the cricket club was involved in the fire and the pictures show heartbreaking damage.

A log on West Yorkshire Fire Service reads: "Cricket club 100% involved in fire. Crews used 5 large jets and 2 hose reels to extingush the fire.

"4 appliances attended the incident from Otley, Rawdon, Keighley & Shipley along with Fire Investigation officer."

The community including players and fans were left in despair after waking to the news.

One said: "Devastated for the club and for the people who put the effort in to get it built."

Another added: "I’m speechless. Emotions have hit me like a train! That is so incredibly sad. I hope everyone is okay."

West Yorkshire Police have been contacted.