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David Lavender, Minister at the Darlington Street Methodist Church, has outlined the damage after more than fifty firefighters were needed to tackle a large fire at the building in Wolverhampton City Centre last night.
The blaze has left the centre of the building unsafe, whilst the church itself has suffered smoke damage but should be useable again by Tuesday.
Mr Lavender described how the blaze is a 'serious blow' to the community, as it caused damage to the following areas:
- The main church office
- The offices of the Wolverhampton Asian Christian Fellowship
- The main hall used by the Asian Christian Fellowship
- The church's soup kitchen
- The fair trade offices
- The inter-faith department
Speaking on behalf of the Wolverhampton Asian Christian Fellowship, Ramesh Malhan said worshippers feel devastated after a fire destroyed part of a hall they hold services in.
More than 50 firefighters were needed to bring the flames under control at the Darlington Street Methodist Centre overnight.
Mr Malhan says his group were due to hold a service at 11:00am this morning, with another at 6:00pm tonight, but new a new temporary venue is now being sought.
The severe fire overnight at the Darlington Street Methodist Centre in Wolverhampton has badly damaged a hall used by the Wolverhampton Asian Christian Fellowship.
The blaze has left parts of the floor in the hall unsafe and the room has suffered some smoke damage.
Worshippers had been due to hold one of their weekly services at 11:00am this morning, with another at 6:00pm now cancelled.
Fifty firefighters were needed to put out a fire at a methodist church in Wolverhampton city centre last night.
The blaze at the Darlington Street Methodist Church broke out shortly after 5:00pm on Saturday 8 March, and fire crews had it extinguished in the early hours of Sunday morning.**
Damage was caused to two floors of the church building, but the adjoining homeless persons shelter and soup kitchen were not affected.
More to follow.