Church Left In Ruins After Fire in Westry

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: March 19, 2010

A 19th century Cambridgeshire church has been gutted following a massive fire, reportedly started when yobs set Bibles and prayer books alight. The horrific fire in Westry, near March, left the village church in tatters with only the external brickwork remaining.

Church caretaker John Arnold arrived at the church to see a cross and a Bible engulfed in flames. He said: “When I opened the door I first thought it was dust coming in the windows and then I realised it was smoke. I had thought it was strange because the door was unlocked. The smoke was really thick and I could see the Bible was burning and the wooden cross that we had made.”  Church rector, the Revd Anthony Chandler, described the scene as “heartbreaking”. Only two months before the blaze, the building had been renovated at a cost of £30,000. Source: