Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hartley Wintney Church roof destroyed in blaze

Catholic Church of St. Thomas More, Hartley Wintney Image copyright Yateley Fire Station
Image caption The blaze started in a nearby shed and engulfed the roof of the church that was built in the 1960s

A fire has destroyed the roof of a church in a Hampshire village.

The blaze was spotted at the Catholic Church of St. Thomas More, Hartley Wintney, shortly after 18:00 BST on Tuesday.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire started in a shed at the rear of the church which spread, engulfing the church roof.

Six fire engines and an aerial ladder were involved in the effort to tackle the blaze.

The service said an investigation into the cause was under way.

Image caption Some of the church windows were blown out in the fire
Image copyright Yateley Fire Station
Image caption Firefighters salvaged items including pews from the church

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