Fire guts church hall

A fire has gutted a church hall in a village in County Durham that locals were raising money to restore.

Fundraiser says community will struggle without its Church Hall

Campaigners who had been fundraising to try and restore St John's Church Hall say the community will be badly affected by its loss.

They had raised thousands for improvements and were nearing their target. Now they're not sure what their next move will be.

Sandra Dawson has been a parishioner at St John's for 40 years and told us how important the hall was to the community.

Investigations continue into cause of Church Hall fire.

Investigations are continuing today into the cause of a fire that destroyed a church hall in the village of Meadowfield, near Durham.

The building had been closed for the past 18 months because of safety concerns. But campaigners raised thousands to try and make improvements to get it re-opened.

Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service alongside Durham Police will return to the scene later today to establish what caused the fire.

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Locals were raising money to restore hall gutted by fire

Residents were raising money to restore hall in Meadowfield Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Residents in a County Durham village say that are devastated that their church hall, which they have raising money to restore, has been gutted by fire.

The hall at St John's church in Meadowfield had been closed while locals worked to raise £50 thousand to make much needed repairs.

Emergency crews on scene early this morning Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Fire guts church hall

Crews called to Meadowfield early on Sunday morning Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Fire crews in have been tackling a blaze at a church hall near Meadowfield this morning.

It started early on Sunday morning (March 23).

Three appliances from Durham and the aerial ladder platform have been brought in to deal with the incident.