Five fire crews from Hampshire Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service were called at a blaze at All Saints Church in the heart of Fleet today (Monday June 22).
A spokesperson for All Saints said: “The fire started late in the afternoon and a ballet class in the Fleet Parish Community Centre was evacuated at 5;40pm.
“Hampshire Fire and Rescue have said it is not thought anybody has been hurt.
“The fire spread though the wooden roof of the main aisle and chancel which is reported to be completely lost. The stained glass and Victorian glass throughout the church has suffered substantial damage. The roofs over the north and south aisles were still burning with smoke and flames emerging at 8pm”.
The area has been cordoned off and a pall of smoke is covering the town.
All Saints was built in 1860 by Charles Lefroy, the Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Commons in memory of his wife, Janet. It was designed by the architect William Burges, considered to be one of the greatest of the Victorian art-architects.
All Saints website said: “Please pray for our community in Fleet.”