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"Arson" at historic chapel
FIREFIGHTERS fought a "deliberate" blaze at a historic chapel early on Sunday morning.
Two crews from Blandford attended the cemetery in Salisbury Road in the town following a report of smoke from the chapel at around 7.30am.
They discovered a fire at the building, and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the flames.
Wooden flooring, pews, one set of curtains, soft furnishings and one of the walls were damaged in the fire.
A Dorset Fire and Rescue spokesperson said the cause is believed to be deliberate.
The chapel was built in 1855, and is an important surviving example of both an unaltered early cemetery chapel and of Angelican church design in mid-nineteenth century Dorset.
It has been open as part of Dorset Architectural Heritage Week, which began on Wednesday, September 11.
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