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Last Updated: Friday, 5 October 2007, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
Destroyed church 'to be rebuilt'
St Barnabas Church after the fire
The church could be restored within two years
A Birmingham church destroyed by fire will be rebuilt in two years, insurers have said.

St Barnabas church, in High Street, Erdington, was due to celebrate its 150th anniversary next April.

The blaze, thought to be arson, broke out on Thursday morning and destroyed the roof and most of the building apart from its stone shell.

Meanwhile Sunday's morning service will still go ahead at 1000 BST in the graveyard adjoining the church.

Andrew Brown, of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, said: "All being well this is going to take roughly two years to restore and to have them back in their worshiping.

"I've no doubt that it will be restored, absolutely none."

Mr Brown, whose parents were married in the church in 1948, added: "This is relatively routine work for us. We insure all the churches in England and we tend to see a fire of this sort of magnitude maybe once or twice a year and that's our regular work."

About 75 firefighters tackled the fire at its height and investigations into its cause are continuing.

Fire destroys 150-year-old church
04 Oct 07 |  West Midlands

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