All groups saved after Lincoln community centre arson

A Lincoln community centre which was burnt down in a suspected arson attack has managed to temporarily rehouse all the groups which use the venue.

As previously reported, Croft Community Centre on Croft Street was extensively damaged by a fire on September 22.

The fire, which was attended by four of Lincolnshire fire and Rescue’s engines, destroyed the roof and the main hall of the building, and caused damage to other areas of the building.

Centre manager Caroline Boltz has spent the last two days trying to organise everyone who used the centre into other temporary accommodation.

Since yesterday, Caroline has successfully managed to find somewhere for all of the groups to go, and will even be able to make some use of the burnt unit.

“Today, the main thing is we’re getting the electric back on, and then we will be able to use two of the rooms, the toilets, and upstairs.

“We will be having meetings [in those rooms], the art group tomorrow and the VCA — which are the charities — upstairs.

“All the community groups have been sorted into new places now, it’s just the birthday parties we need some help with.”

In addition, a record number of people showed up to the weekly Tuesday coffee morning to show support.

She said: “It must be about 30 people at the coffee morning, and a lot of people walking up to the door to take a look.

“We’ve also had the police come along to have a further look and the insurance accessor.”