Historic Peterborough church evacuated after fire breaks out

The scene in Church Street. Photo courtesy of David Tomkins

The scene in Church Street. Photo courtesy of David Tomkins

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A historic Peterborough city centre church was evacuated last night, Sunday March 20, after a fire broke out in the basement.

One crew from Stanground and one crew from Peterborough Volunteers Fire Brigade were called at 5.26pm to a fire at St John the Baptist Church in Church Street in Peterborough.

Firefighters arrived to find a fire in the basement of the church. Wearing breathing apparatus they extinguished the fire using a hose reel and cleared the smoke using a positive pressure ventilation fan.

The building was evacuated before crews arrived. The crews returned to their stations by 6.50pm.

The cause of the fire was accidental.