At first smoke had noticed in rear of the Grade II listed Darlington Street Methodist Church at 11.45 pm on Saturday. The fire had spread across 2 floors of the building. Around 60 fire workers worked 2 hours to control the fire and 12 fire units remaining at the scene until 4 am.
Fortunately nobody was in church at the time and both School Street and Darlington Street were closed. The fire damaged mostly offices and corridors on the ground floor and the first floor hall. The chapel, soup kitchen and shelter are untouched.
Investigators say an electrical fault may the reason for fire. Rev Lavender, Minister of the church and Superintendent Minister for the Wolverhampton Methodist circuit, told: “My office has been turned over. Somebody has been going through drawers looking for things.
“The keys had been taken to try to get into the safe which also appears to have been subjected to an attempt to get into it with a screwdriver.”€œI am not saying it was arson, but it would be an extraordinary coincidence if the two were not connected.”