Historic Peterborough church evacuated after fire breaks out

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

Monday, 21st March 2016, 10:10 am
Updated Monday, 21st March 2016, 10:12 am
The scene in Church Street. Photo courtesy of David Tomkins
The scene in Church Street. Photo courtesy of David Tomkins

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.

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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.