Woman arrested over Copthorne church fire

| December 4, 2009

A WOMAN has been arrested on suspicion of starting a fire which damaged a church.

The vicar of St John's in Copthorne helped tackle the blaze, which burnt a carpet and a table, leaving the building "heavily smoke logged".

A woman was taken to hospital with minor burns after the fire, which started at around 8.30pm yesterday (Wednesday).

A police spokesman said: "We were called to a report of a carpets and some books having been set on fire.

"The fire was put out by the vicar and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and is being treated as deliberate.

"A woman in her thirties was arrested nearby shortly afterwards.

"She is still in police custody this afternoon."

Two Crawley fire engines attended the incident in Church Road.

The vicar, Reverend Alastair Cutting, said: "There was a small fire but it created a lot of smoke.

"There's quite a large area of carpet at the rear of the church that has been burnt and a small table has been charred."

Speaking this morning, Revd Cutting said the full extent of the damage was unclear but he hoped it could be cleaned up quickly.

He added: "We are hoping all our services should be running as usual by Sunday."



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