Redcar sea cadets 'heartbroken' after blaze rips through container holding equipment and memorabilia

A devastating blaze has destroyed vital equipment and uniform
-Credit: (Image: Sea Cadets Redcar)

Sea cadets have been left "devastated" after uniforms, training equipment and memorabilia were torched.

Staff at Sea Cadets Redcar said the blaze took place on the afternoon of Sunday, May 19 and ripped through a container storing precious goods. A spokesperson said it is believed youths started the fire and said their belongings were damaged "beyond repair".

In a heart-breaking Facebook post, the team said: "On Tuesday we discovered that one of the containers at The Paddock, Kirkleatham, containing everything that Redcar Sea Cadets owns had been fire damaged beyond repair including everything inside it. Every piece of sea cadet uniform, all training equipment, memorabilia, and all our fundraising equipment have been damaged by fire beyond repair."

Staff said it is believed that youths set light materials that had been stored next to the container which then spread. They said the team have been left "heartbroken" and issued a plea for donations.

They said: "As you can imagine, we are heartbroken, especially as in 2021 our unit minibus was vandalised and written off. This is so devastating not only for the staff but also the cadets themselves, plus any benefactors that have donated things from the smallest tombola prize upwards.

"During this time of austerity, this is the last thing that Redcar Sea Cadets need to deal with, some of the precious memorabilia in storage cannot be replaced, other items can but it will take time and money. If you can find it in your hearts and bank balance to donate any amount that you can to the recovery of Redcar Sea cadets."

Devastating pictures show the charred remains of equipment and memorabilia along with melted storage boxes. A Cleveland Police spokesperson confirmed they aware of the incident.

They said: "A caller rang police reporting a group of young lads were setting fires in woods nearby and said officers are here now." Cleveland Police then received a later call from the sea cadets asking for an event number to pass to their insurance after two containers sustained smoke damage.

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