TWO men have died in a fire at a working men’s club. 

They were both rescued from the blaze but died a short time later yesterday.

Ten fire engines, including some from south Cumbria, two helicopters and three road ambulances, were called after the fire broke out at around 2.45pm.

The incident happened at the Gordon working men’s club in Morecambe. 

A joint investigation by police and the fire service is now underway and police have appealed for information following the incident which happened on Springfield Street.

Insp Abi Finch Hall, of West CID, said: “This incident has sadly resulted in the deaths of two men and our thoughts are with their families and friends at this time.

“Together with our colleagues at the fire service we are now in the process of trying to establish the cause of the fire and those inquiries are on-going.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their understanding and support while we and our partners from the fire service and ambulance service dealt with this tragic incident and to ask for anyone with information to get in touch with us.”

A post on the Gordon club’s Facebook page acknowledged two men had died in the fire, and thanked people for their support and well wishes. It said: “As most of you may have already heard, there has been a large fire taking place within our premises.

“As of yet we do not know the extent of the damages caused although we do know the services have done their best for minimum damage control.”

The club added it would not “give any further information at this time”.