Help For Hungry Goes Up In Smoke

Fire has partially destroyed a building in Cornwall which was being converted into a soup kitchen and space for the homeless and hungry.

The building, which backs on to the United Reform Church in Newquay, was three months into the £35,000 conversion when  the fire started accidentally.

Pastor, The Rev Andrew Mitchell says  the United Reform congregation has been providing hot food for homeless people for twelve years from the church foyer. 

But over the past 18 months the number of people needing  food has rocketted with more jobless and  families asking for help.

Recently, the congregation decided to extend the help they gave and began fund-raising to convert the building used  for sunday school rooms.

The fire has put the project back until, at least, October.

The Rev Mitchell has been talking to our reporter Wendy Buckingham  CLICK HERE

Five fire crews fought the flames.  The cause is not suspicious.

Find out more about the United Reform Church in Newquay.