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Derelict Church Fire Started Deliberately

A fire investigation into the cause of a fire at a derelict church on Chesterfield Road, Eckington has concluded that the fire was started deliberately. 

Firefighters were called to the fire at 19:41 hours on Friday 3 June 2022 with crews from Chesterfield with the aerial ladder platform, Dronfield, Clay Cross, Staveley and Long Eaton with the command support unit attending. Further assistance came from South Yorkshire’s Lowedges and Birley fire stations. 

Local residents were asked to keep windows and doors closed during the incident. 

Detective Constable Ian Niven said: “A joint investigation with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has led us to believe that the blaze at the derelict church was started deliberately. 

“We would like to appeal for witnesses, or anyone who saw suspicious activity to come forward. In particular, we want to know if anyone saw people accessing the building or the grounds from around 7pm onwards on Friday 3 June.”

If you can help, contact the police on the details below, quoting reference 22*318003.

  • Facebook – send a private message to the Derbyshire Police Facebook page
  • Twitter – direct message the police contact centre via @DerPolContact
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  • Phone – call on 101

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111, or by visiting the CrimeStoppers website: