Church damaged in blaze in Wolverhampton city centre

More than fifty firefighters had to bring a large fire at a church in Wolverhampton City Centre. The latest here.

Minister says fire is a 'serious blow' to community

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

Worshipper says fire has left them 'devastated'

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.

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Asian Christian Fellowship 'homeless' after fire

The hall has been used by the Wolverhampton Asian Christian Fellowship since the 1970s Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill

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.

Fire damage has left parts of the hall's floor unsafe Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill

Worshippers had been due to hold one of their weekly services at 11:00am this morning, with another at 6:00pm now cancelled.

The fellowship say they're now looking at alternative venues to hold services Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill

Church offices badly damaged after large blaze

Offices at the Darlington Street Methodist Centre damaged by fire Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill
Fifty firefighters had to bring the fire under control in Wolverhampton city centre last night Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill
Back offices have been damaged which deal with the paperwork of the adjoining homeless shelter Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill
Investigations are now underway into how the fire started Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill
From the outside the damage at the Darlington Street Methodist Centre cannot be seen Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill

Fifty firefighters tackle large fire in Wolverhampton

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12 Firefighter in Breathing Apparatus are tackling fire in Wolverhampton. Building of ground and first floors with a basement

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.**

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All Breathing Apparatus now been withdrawn and crews are damping down in Wolverhampton . http://t.co/Ic5Qkjrs6g

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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.