One of the council-owned sports pavilions on the Purley Way playing fields was destroyed by fire at the weekend.
According to the emergency services, no one was hurt in the blaze, the incident captured in dramatic style by local resident Michael Willans using a drone-borne remote camera.
The fire was first called in around 6.30pm on Saturday evening.
Willans’ video lasts barely eight minutes, in which time the building can be seen to be almost completely destroyed.
The drone footage shows passers-by gathering on the football pitches to watch as the Fire Brigade arrived, with the fire already well-established and little left of the old building.
The council-owned pavilions – changing rooms for the Purley Way football pitches – are believed to date from the 1950s, but have been poorly maintained for decades, to the point of being almost derelict.
No cause of the fire has yet been established, with sources suggesting that it is most likely arson.
According to the London Fire Brigade, “Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a sports pavilion on Purley Way in Croydon.
“The Brigade was called at 1818 and the fire was under control by 1952. Fire crews from Purley, Croydon, Wallington and Norbury fire stations were at the scene.
“The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service.”
The Fire Brigade has had a couple of busy days in Croydon, having to tackle a blaze at a scrap metal yard on Mitcham Road this morning.
A pile of scrap metal in open air was destroyed by fire, the LFB said. There were no reports of any injuries.
Station Commander Mike Dowden, who was at the scene, said: “The fire was producing a large plume of smoke, which has now subsided.
“An on-site mechanical digger was used to turn over the scrap metal, helping crews to access the fire.”
The Brigade was called at 0440 and the fire was under control by 0757. Fire crews from Croydon, Norbury, Mitcham and Wallington fire stations attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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