Gatecrasher Vows To Bounce Back

The owners of Sheffield’s Gatecrasher nightclub have vowed to rebuild it after a fire swept through the building, leading to its collapse.

Emergency crews were called to the South Yorkshire club, the first of the Gatecrasher chain to open, June 18.

A number of roads around the area had to be closed and several student accommodation blocks and work places were evacuated.

Several staff members were inside at the time but no one was injured. The Arundel Street end of the two-story building later collapsed, narrowly missing firefighters.

Fire investigators are still looking into the cause of the blaze.

Gatecrasher managing director Simon Raine said the fire will not be the end of the club.

"We will be looking at how we rebuild the Gatecrasher One club, one of the cornerstones of the U.K. nightclub scene and our spiritual home, as quickly as possible," Raine said. "We want everyone to remember those memorable nights at Gatecrasher One from down the years, safe in the knowledge it will be back – bigger, brighter, louder and more brash."

The Sheffield club had DJs including Carl Cox, Judge Jules, Pete Tong and Paul Oakenfold appearing there regularly.

Gatecrasher bought the old Republic club in 1997 for £875,000. In 2003 it was given a £1.5 million makeover and was renamed Gatecrasher One.