A HISTORIC chapel dating back to 1793 is seriously damaged after a blaze at a disused furniture store in Rotherham.
The Masbrough Chapel, used by Methodists until the 1960s, went up in flames when a neighbouring furniture store and warehouse on College Road, Masbrough, caught fire on Thursday morning.
Flames from the burning store spread to the roof of the Grade II listed chapel and caused the floor to collapse.
Eileen Hyland, secretary of The Friends of Masbrough Chapel, said she was devastated. “It is a building of such importance historically and we have been fighting for the last 10 years to get it up and running again. The roof has been seriously damaged and the fire got into the chapel causing the floor to collapse. There were various memorials to previous ministers which will have been lost.”
An investigation into the cause of the blaze is expected over the weekend.