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Church will be out of use for months after a fire

Fire crews at St Mary's Catholic Church in Julian Road Credit: ITV News

A Bath church will be out of action for months after being badly damaged in a fire.

More than 40 firefighters were called to St Mary's Catholic Church in Julian Road yesterday evening, 24 July. Investigators are examining CCTV to help find out how it started.

The fire was in the porch but much of the building and roof was affected by heat, water and smoke damage.

The diocese of Clifton promises that the 19th century building will be repaired but services will be held in the parish hall until somewhere more suitable can be found.

The church is badly damaged inside as well as out Credit: ITV News

Fire crews bring church fire under control in Bath

The service received multiple calls reporting the fire. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

A fire at a church in Bath has been contained to a small section of the roof and is believed to be under control.

Crews are now working to remove roof tiles and damp down the scene but there have been no reports of any injuries.

Julian Road will remain closed and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place later this evening.

Eight fire engines including a turntable ladder attended the scene. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

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8 fire engines currently at the scene of church fire

Eight fire engines, including a turntable ladder are currently tackling a fire involving a church on Julian Road in Bath.

Four water jets are being used to bring the fire under control.

Firefighters have been working to fight the fire which is believed to involve the roof.

The incident is likely to cause disruption to traffic so motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Five fire engines tackling church fire on Julian Road

Five fire engines are currently tackling a fire at a church on Julian Road. Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

Five fire engines are reported to be tackling a fire at a church on Julian Road in Bath.

Crews from Bath, Kingswood and Brislington have been sent to the scene.

Firefighters are currently working to fight the fire which is believed to involve the roof space.

The incident is likely to cause disruption to traffic so motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

More updates to follow.

Gloucestershire welcomes its first woman bishop

Rachel Treweek will be Gloucestershire's first woman bishop. Credit: ITV West Country

Rachel Treweek will become Gloucestershire's first woman bishop when she is consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury today.

She will take on the most senior role of all female bishops and becomes the first woman in the Church of England to be consecrated as a diocesan bishop.

Hundreds of well wishers are expected to make the journey from Gloucestershire.

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Church of England's most senior woman bishop says Easter is "message of hope"

The Venerable Rachel Treweek is due to become the new Bishop of Gloucester Credit: ITV News

The Church of England's most senior woman bishop has given her Easter message.

The Venerable Rachel Treweek is due to become the new Bishop of Gloucester.

She takes over the role from The Right Reverend Michael Perham, who retired in November.

She says celebrating the resurrection of Christ is a time for reflection and hope.

"That is at the core of the Christian message which is that Jesus died for all of us out of love, but Jesus rose again, and therefore the Christian message is one of enormous hope - so that's the key message of Easter Day and one I hope we'll be sharing across the diocese all year round."

– The Venerable Rachel Treweek
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