Cause of fire not suspicious
A fire is being tackled by firefighters in Blackburn at the former Church of St John the Evangelist, which opened in 1789.
Chris Archer, Blackburn’s fire service watch manager, said the cause of the fire was not suspicious.
The Grade II listed building, which is now used at the Bureau Centre for the Arts, is the oldest church in the town.
Firefighters were working to save the most historical features, included the stained-glass windows.
The Dean of Blackburn Cathedral, the Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones, tweeted, “Very sad to see. Just praying no one was hurt.”