A blaze which destroyed the roof of an Essex community centre is being treated as suspicious, the fire service has said.
Blue House Farm Community Centre and the adjoining social club in Laindon were evacuated after a fire broke out on Sunday afternoon.
The fire started in the roof area of the community centre.
A joint police and fire service investigation is under way to establish the fire\’s cause.
Divisional officer Moira Bruin said: \”When crews arrived at the incident they were faced with a very well-developed fire in the roof void.\”
She said fire crews managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the social club next door.
Nobody was injured.