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Reaction from Wimbotsham residents following church fire

Reaction from Wimbotsham residents following church fire

Published by KLFM
5:11pm 4th September 2019.

Wimbotsham residents are devastated at the damage done to St. Mary's church this morning (4th September).

Norfolk Fire and Rescue were called out to the blaze shortly after 6am.

Firefighters managed to put the fire out and spent the afternoon dampening down the scene.

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Photo credit: Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Officers have also spent the afternoon carrying out a fire investigation. 

KLFM spoke to a few of the residents at the scene. One said it's a real shame:

"It's got a lot of historical importance as well because this is such a stable community and has been for hundreds of years and in a village like this, the church has been here almost longer than the village and it's one of the oldest building here.

"I just hope it'll be restored and quickly."

 

Naomi has lived in the village for 12 years:

"It's devastating to everybody in the community.

"My Granddad was buried here and obviously a few older family friends buried here so it means a lot to us."

 

Many of the comments on our Facebook page are of people who have used or know the church. 

 

A Just Giving Page has already been set up to try and fundraise for any repairs. 

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