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Fire church repairs may cost 5m

Rev Freda Evans
Rev Freda Evans is the church's first female vicar

Repairs to a 19th Century church destroyed in a suspected arson attack in Birmingham, could cost 5m.

St Barnabas church in Erdington, which was due to celebrate its 150th anniversary in April 2008, was devastated by the fire last October.

The roof and most of the building apart from its stone shell were destroyed.

It is hoped money for the repairs will come through insurance and fundraising. Architects are working on a design, but it could take two years to complete.

Rev Freda Evans, the church's first female vicar, said: "I just hope it can be a place of hope, because out of the ashes will come this wonderful phoenix."

She estimated repairs could cost up to 5m.

So far nobody has been prosecuted over the fire.


The Vicar at Saint Barnabas's Church has spoken about the fire

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