Investigation launched after man and horses die in blaze at country club
A man has died after a caravan fire at an exclusive country club in Formby.
The emergency services were called to Shorrocks Hill at around 5.40am this morning to reports of a fire at a stables. On arrival firefighters entered the caravan and found the body of a man inside. Formal identification is yet to take place. A number of horses were found to have died in the stables.
The fire completely destroyed the stable building and a caravan. No-one else has been reported injured.
The cause of the man’s death is not yet known. A joint police and fire service investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.
The scene, off Lifeboat Road, has been cordoned off for examination and house-to-house enquiries are underway.
Ex- Mr Universe Terry Phillips acquired Shorrocks Hill in the 1990s, until financial difficulties eventually forced the former body builder to relinquish control. In 2007, the Ascot Group bought Shorrocks Hill Country Club for £4m, with the objective of breaking in to the corporate leisure market. A nightclub and restaurant were launched, although the restaurant later closed.
Shorrocks Hill was recently currently back in the news after Sefton Council included it in the Local Plan. There is currently a proposal to build new homes on the 50 acre site.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3055 or on the 101 number. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Original source: Southport Visiter