A local councillor has said an organ house will have to be pulled down after a fire tore through it on Tuesday (October 18).
The fire, at the Chapel Organ Loft next door to Our Lady & St Dominic Catholic Church in High View Road, in Farnborough , was attended by firefighters from Rushmoor and Camberley.
Emergency services were notified of the fire at 7.54pm, but crew manager Gareth Chivers said at first the crew had trouble getting to the scene of the fire, due to cars double parked along High View Road.
“We could see smoke whilst trying to negotiate through the parked cars,” he said.
“Once we got to the top of the road there were flames and the building was well alight.”
The Chapel Organ Loft is less than half a mile away from the scene of a devastating fire at the Victoria Road Chapel in July. There is no suggestion that the two incidents are linked.
One pump from Rushmoor fire station were initially dispatched to the scene on Tuesday, with all Rushmoor’s other available crews at other incidents. Two pumps from Camberley then arrived.
Crew manager Chivers added: “They went from the back and we went from the front. It was defensive firefighting to stop it spreading to the church and rectory either side.”
He added that investigations into the cause are ongoing and police officers remain on the scene.
Rushmooor blue watch and Surrey team working together fire in my road good job well done pic.twitter.com/AUL7EfrAfM— Mark Staplehurst (@coveukip) October 18, 2016
Feedback to Rushmoor Fire Brigade from resident living near the Church in Cove. She says you deserve a medal for your promptness— cllr jacqui vosper (@CllrVosper) October 18, 2016
West Heath ward councillor Mark Staplehurst, of Rushmoor Borough Council, lives on the street next to the church and went out when he saw what had happened.
He said: “It’s a shame really, it’s a nice organ in there.
“The bloke who owns it was really upset. He had been made aware that the church were interested in buying it as it’s a lot of work to maintain but the place will have to be gutted out.
“It will have to be pulled down, it’s no use now.”
A spokeswoman from Our Lady & St Dominic Catholic Church said the fire was not on the church's property and it had not been affected by it.
Get Hampshire has been unable to contact Hampshire Police for comment, as the press office is closed for a staff training day.