UP to 30 firefighters attended a blaze in the roof of a vicarage in West Cornwall this morning.
Crews from St Just, Penzance and St Ives arrived at the vicar’s house in Church Road, Pendeen, just before midday, as the morning service was still being delivered at the church by the Reverend Canon Alan Rowell.
Deputy church warden Ronnie Thomas, who was at the service, said: “As I left he was still talking to some people and somebody had gone back and told him that his house was on fire.
“There was a fire in the roof that had burned down through the ceiling and down into one of the bedrooms.
“He won’t be allowed back in there for another 24-48 hours. The whole place in completely smoke damaged.”
On arrival, the firefighters tackled the blaze, which had taken over a quarter of the first floor and roof.
By 1pm, the firefighters ventilated the building and checked for hot spots.
By 2.45pm, the fire was under control and the crews were cutting away and damping down. They left the roof in tact.
Mr Rowell lives at the house by himself.
Mr Thomas added: “It caused quite a commotion in the village. You don’t expect to see your vicar’s house on fire.”