‘You are in my prayer’: Mystery fire destroys old St Patrick’s church at Nimbin
A historic community church in the northern NSW town of Nimbin has been reduced to ashes during a mystery overnight blaze.
Police and fire investigators are investigating the cause of the fire that destroyed the old St Patrick's Catholic parish church on Cullen St on Sunday evening.
A dozen NSW Rural Fire Service firefighters were called to the scene at 8.20pm to find the church fully aflame. The fire quickly destroyed the building, which collapsed in on itself.
The blaze was reportedly contained by 9.30pm and a small flare-up was doused on Monday morning. Authorities remain on the scene.
St Carthage’s Lismore said the church had not held masses for some time, but it remained a consecrated building.
Father Bing Monteagudo of the Lismore Diocese said all holy items had previously been removed from the building.
“You are in my prayer,” wrote Cheryl Morel on Facebook.
The fire comes almost five years after Nimbin’s museum and well-known Rainbow Cafe, also in the main street, were destroyed by fire.
Originally published as ‘You are in my prayer’: Mystery fire destroys old St Patrick’s church at Nimbin
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