Please hold Royston, Tana and the people of Ropley in your prayers. A devastating morning for them as fire swept through the building, leaving a shell of the former structure.
The church at Ropley caught fire this morning and despite the attentions of twelve fire engines could not be saved.
The Grade II listed church dates back to Norman times and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews had to work in “arduous conditions” to bring the fire under control
Twelve fire engines and several water carriers were involved in the effort to tackle the blaze.
The vicar, Reverend Royston Such, said the fire was “devastating and heartbreaking”.
“Although we have tragically lost our church building, the real value of a church is its congregation and community and these, thank God, are all safe,” he added.
Fire service area manager Steve Foye said: “This was a significant fire that has seriously affected a prominent building within the village.”
It is not yet known how the blaze started.