Aldinga Netball Club rooms broken into, destroyed in arson attack

A fire which destroyed the Aldinga Netball Club rooms was deliberately lit, according to police.

Just after 2.30am on Friday morning, August 23, Country Fire Service (CFS) and Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) crews were called to Quinliven Road, where they found the clubrooms fully alight.

Four fire trucks and one bulk water carrier, with 22 firefighters on board, battled to contain the fire which saw flames coming through the room.

After 20 minutes of firefighting and the best efforts of crews, the fire was extinguished.

Sadly, the six metre by nine metre shed was completely destroyed, causing about $50,000 worth of damage.

Fire Cause Investigators, SA Police and SA Ambulance attended the scene. No one was injured.

Investigations revealed the fire was deliberately lit after the shed, which included the netball club's office, store room and canteen, was broken into.

A simple statement on the Aldinga Netball Club's Facebook page said the incident was "so devastating" and urged people to "help this great club rebuild".

A GoFundMe donation page was set up to go towards the rebuild of the clubrooms, and more than $2000 was raised within 14 hours of the first emergency services call.

"The club is a welcoming home for netballers of all ages... our home is now gone," the page read.

"There is 50,000 worth of damage and a lot of memories and history lost."

City of Onkaparinga councillor Simon McMahon was "saddened" by the arson attack.

"A day before finals and just before the busy summer season this is a big blow to our community," he said in a statement on Facebook.

"I am saddened by the selfish actions of the low life who not only broke into the Aldinga Netball Club but then decided to burn it down.

"Luckily our community is amazing and has already started putting their arms around the much loved club."

Southern Districts CIB detectives continue to investigate the incident.

Police urge anyone who saw anything suspicious at the Aldinga sports complex to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

To donate to the GoFundMe created to fund the clubrooms rebuild, visit www.gofundme.com/f/rebuild-aldinga-netball-club

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