First photos of the blaze that has destroyed Cambridgeshire church on outskirts of March

PUBLISHED: 11:24 15 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:33 02 June 2010

Fire crews tackle the blaze a short while ago

Fire crews tackle the blaze a short while ago

A FIRE thought to have been started deliberately has destroyed a Cambridgeshire church. Vandals are thought to have started the blaze which has engulfed the Fenland church of St Mary s at Westry on the outskirts of March. Firefighters from across the ar

Destroyed: Historic Cambridgeshire church

A FIRE thought to have been started deliberately has destroyed a Cambridgeshire church.

Vandals are thought to have started the blaze which has engulfed the Fenland church of St Mary's at Westry on the outskirts of March.

Firefighters from across the area are at the scene of the fire at the 19th century church.

A neighbour, Councillor Jan French, described flames shooting from both sides of the building.

The blaze slowly being brought under control

She said: "I have spoken the caretaker who says there is clear evidence the church has been vandalised and that is likely to be the cause of the fire."

Fire crews from March, Chatteris and Wisbech were at the scene, a turntable ladder is en route from Peterborough and another fire crew is on the way from Huntingdon.

"It appears to be a major incident," said a fire service spokesman. The alarm was raised at 10.16am.

Police have sealed off the A141 while firefighters tackle the blaze.


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