Two Lincoln churches offer space to groups made 'homeless' by centre arson
Most of the 15 user groups made homeless by a dramatic fire in a Lincoln community centre will meet in one of two local churches, it has been revealed.
All-out efforts are being made by the trustees and committee of volunteers who run the Croft Street Community Centre in the city to find accommodation for more than 150 people.
They include ladies from a keep fit class, Gamblers Anonymous members and a hobbies group which specialises in creating stained glass windows.
But today, as he waited for insurance loss adjustors to inspect the fire-ravaged building on the junction of Croft Street and Winn Street, the Rev David Edgar offered a ray of hope.
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The chairman of the Croft Street Community Centre trustees, Mr Edgar is also vicar at both nearby All Saints' Parish Church in Monks Road and St Swithin's, next to Lincoln Central Library in Free School Lane.
"It's a scene of utter devastation and words really fail me at the moment," Mr Edgar said.
"But my hope is that quite a few of the user groups will be able to meet in one of the churches.
"Quite a few use the community centre meeting room and others are in the main hall, but don't need to use all of it.
"And we do have quite a lot of room at the back of St Swithin's, plus plenty of space in All Saints'.
"So we really should be able to fit most of them in with a bit of planning and organisation."
Lincolnshire Police have confirmed that they are conducting a suspected arson investigation with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, who had 22 firefighters at the scene from 6.45am yesterday morning.
Four appliances including a hydraulic platform were used to tackle the 'major fire'.
The blaze - believed to have been started deliberately - caused severe damage to 50 per cent of the 59-year-old building.
Police have asked anyone with information to call 101 quoting incident 105 of September 22 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.