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Rocky's Fun House in Hornchurch closes after claims a fire and flooding caused serious damage to the venue

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:26 13 August 2018

Rocky's Fun House in Hornchurch has closed after a fire caused too much damage to the children's activity centre. Photo: Rocky's Fun House

Rocky's Fun House in Hornchurch has closed after a fire caused too much damage to the children's activity centre. Photo: Rocky's Fun House

Rocky's Fun House

The popular children's centre has been open for 10 years but has now had to close.

Rocky's Fun House in Hornchurch has closed after a fire caused too much damage to the children's activity centre. Photo: Rocky's Fun HouseRocky's Fun House in Hornchurch has closed after a fire caused too much damage to the children's activity centre. Photo: Rocky's Fun House

Rocky’s Fun House in Hornchurch has closed after management reported flooding and a fire had caused serious damage to the children’s party venue.

But former employees have claimed that the company has in fact gone into liquidation.

The branch in North Street announced last Thursday (August 9) that it would be closing for good.

Rocky’s has said that after it flooded last week, the store was closed - and while it was closed thieves tried to break in and created a fire at the back of the property.

A letter sent to Rocky's employees following the closure of the Hornchurch store. A letter sent to Rocky's employees following the closure of the Hornchurch store.

According to Rocky’s the smoke damage from the fire means it will have to remain closed indefinitely.

However a member of staff from the store has since contacted the Recorder claiming they received a letter which announced the company had gone into liquidation.

The letter – seen by the Recorder – was signed by Richard Hughes, owner of Rocky’s, and tells employees that they should immediately register as unemployed.

It says that the proposed liquidators are Glyn Mummery and Paul Atkinson of FRP Advisory LLP - and it is expected that the company will be placed into liquidation later this month.

A letter sent to Rocky's employees following the closure of the Hornchurch store. A letter sent to Rocky's employees following the closure of the Hornchurch store.

Mr Hughes has been contacted for further comment.

Taking to Facebook, Rocky’s said: “Good morning all, so firstly as some of you may have heard we had a flood at Hornchurch last week, then whilst sorting this issue and being closed opportunists had tried to take the opportunity to break in and create a fire at the back of the premises... the smoke damage has now meant this site will remain closed...

“Whilst all this has been going on we’ve had to endure the hottest summer for decades and already had the coldest winter to contend with, aswell as my dad passing away, and also me almost dying from a seizure in hospital as you all read...

The statement continues: “I want to thank you all for your constant loyalty, it’s been amazing, for some it’s sad but for me it’s new projects and focusses and more importantly my health.”

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