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Fire in former hospital chapel

8.45PM UPDATE: A fire has been extinguished in the former Royal Derwent Hospital chapel tonight and the incident will be investigated tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Crews from New Norfolk, Magra and Bridgewater brigades attended the structure fire off Glebe Rd, New Norfolk, from about 6.15pm.

The fire crews arrived to find smoke issuing from the isolated brick building and about half of the structure on fire. Fire crews quickly located the seat of the fire and extinguished it. A fire watch is in place overnight.

ORIGINAL 6.45PM REPORT: Multiple crews from local fire brigades are dealing with a fire in the former chapel on the Royal Derwent Hospital site in New Norfolk. The incident, off Glebe Rd, was first reported at about 6.15pm. Access to water appears to be an issue, with the fire brigade filling its tankers from a street hydrant about 200 metres from the building.

A former home of the Derwent Valley Concert Band, the chapel has been vacant for some years since an attempt was made to convert it into a bar. The non-denominational chapel was built in the 1970s and named St Luke’s. Aside from limited use by the hospital, it was used on an annual basis by St Brigid’s Catholic School and St Peter’s Catholic Church for family Christmas events.

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