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.
Morten Grindvoll, organist
Andy Dodd, Watch Manager at Durham Fire Station
Local residents in Meadowfield in County Durham had raised over £20 thousand to restore St John's Church Hall.
This morning (Sunday March 23) a fire all but destroyed the building.
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.
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.