Cause of Megazone fire unknown

The Megazone fire. Photo by Dawn Owen.
The Megazone fire. Photo by Dawn Owen.

The cause of the Megazone fire will remain a mystery after results of an investigation were inconclusive.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said the reason for the blaze that destroyed the Morecambe seafront attraction “cannot be determined”.

He said there was “no evidence of arson but the intensity and scale of the fire destroyed many forensic clues”.

This followed a three-month probe into the origins of the fire.

Meanwhile Megazone owner Richard Holmes said he still hopes to find a new home for the popular laser game.

Mr Holmes said: “I’m on with it at the moment and have meetings over the coming weeks.

“It’s definitely something I would like to do and we are looking at new premises.”

Mr Holmes and his family were away on holiday in Skegness when the Megazone burned down on June 12.

The family leisure attraction, set up by Mr Holmes in the former Madame Tussauds in Morecambe in 1993, was damaged beyond repair by a massive inferno which sent clouds of smoke billowing for miles around on a hot summer’s evening.

It was believed the fire started on the upper floor of the Marine Road West centre in the laser game arena – where players would ‘shoot’ each other and designated targets with replica laser guns.

People were evacuated from 25 nearby flats and businesses as fire crews fought until the early hours of the following morning to bring the blaze under control.

The frontage of the Megazone still remains but most of the building has now been demolished.