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Cornish Pirates rocked by marquee fire
ESPN Staff
January 4, 2014

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after the Cornish Pirates' permanent marquee was destroyed by fire on Friday evening.

The marquee at the Mennaye Field is situated in between the main stand and the club's shop and was gutted by the fire. It is used on matchdays to serve refreshments to supporters but was not owned by the club.

Reports on This is Cornwall say 30 firefighters were called to the scene and while the marquee was destroyed, there was no damage sustained by the main stand.

"It is lucky that no further damage was caused to the squash courts and learning centre block nearby, and thankfully nobody was hurt," Cornish Pirates media man Phil Westren said. "This won't affect the next home game, which is next Sunday, but obviously it will be inconvenient for the next few home games.

"The marquee isn't actually owned by the Pirates and it's deeply upsetting for those involved and terribly frustrating, but everybody will pick themselves up and try and move on. In relation to the police inquiry the Cornish Pirates will put out a statement in the next few days which will give further information."

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