The Parish Church of Bangor in the Diocese of Down has been badly damaged in an overnight fire.
The fire started at 02:00 BST on Thursday in the roof of the 130 year old building on Hamilton Road.
Part of St Comgall’s roof was destroyed and the inside of the church has sustained fire, water and smoke damage. Pews and parts of the floor have been destroyed and there is serious damage to an internal pillar. It is expected that the building will be out of use for a considerable time.
Anyone wishing to view the pictures of the damage to the Bangor Parish can be viewed here.
"The Bangor bellringers wish to thank all those who have been in contact following the fire in the church early this morning. We are pleased to report that there is no damage to the bells, but the ringing chamber is badly smoke damaged. We regret however, that for health & safety reasons and unsafe access, there will be no ringing until further notice."
Notice will be given when the bells will be available for ringing again.
Andrew White - Deputy Tower Captain Bangor