Police have confirmed that a fire at Chesterfield’s old magistrates’ court appears to have been started deliberately.
Officers are still working to determine whether another major blaze – at the Queen’s Park Annexe sports building in Chesterfield – was also caused intentionally.
Firefighters from Chesterfield and Staveley were called to the blaze at the former court building on West Bars at 10.35pm last night.
It is understood a wheelie bin had been set alight and pushed up against the building, causing the flames to spread.
Twenty minutes later, firefighters from Chesterfield, Staveley and Clay Cross attended the sports building on Boythorpe Road. Police said it was “ablaze from end to end”.
A spokesman for Derbyshire fire service said: “The incident involved a blaze in the sports building which was well alight.
“Firefighters used three main lines to put out the fire.”
Crews left the scene at about 2am and will return later this morning to assess the damage.
A spokesman for Chesterfield Borough Council said: “The fire was at a building on the Queen’s Park Annexe site. Queen’s Park and Queen’s Park Sports Centre are both open as usual today.”
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