New Plymouth church up in flames

Last updated 17:41 06/01/2014
St Philomena's Church, New Plymouth
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FLAMING CHURCH: St Philomena's Church, New Plymouth, was gutted by fire.

St Philomena's Church, New Plymouth
ROBERT CHARLES/ Fairfax NZ
FLAMING CHURCH: St Philomena's Church, New Plymouth, was gutted by fire.

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Firefighters expect it will take hours to extinguish a large fire at a New Plymouth church.

Crews were called to St Philomena's catholic church on Brooklands Rd shortly before 3pm and firefighters used high pressure hoses to douse the flames.

The church was believed to be empty. 

Flames were seen leaping through the roof and windows were heard exploding.

The church neighbours St Pius X primary school and had celebrated its 50th anniversary in September last year.

Strong winds have been hampering the efforts of firefighters and smoke has been pouring from the church.

A large crowd gathered to watch nearby.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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