The Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church was engulfed in flames for nearly three hours. The fire was brought under control, but doubts remain as to the condition of the roof.
On May 3, a fire broke out shortly before 8 p.m. in the sacristy of the Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church, located in the Wazemmes district of Lille. The flames spread to part of the roof of this imposing 19th century brick building. More than 60 firefighters fought for nearly three hours to save the building. No injuries are currently to be deplored.
As reported The voice of the North, the prefect and the mayor of the city, the former socialist minister Martine Aubry, are concerned about a hot spot which remains under the roof of the church. Martine Aubry spoke about the situation in these terms: “There, we really have a concern about the frame. It is a church in the heart of the city, and which has the most faithful in Lille. It is particularly popular. Significant work was done there in 2020. “
The city council also thanked the firefighters of the North, who fought “to prevent the spread of flames in this cultural and historical heritage, whose frame has been recently renovated”.
This evening the Lille Saint Pierre Saint Paul de Wazemmes church is affected by a fire. Thanks to the @ Sdis59 which is currently struggling to prevent the spread of flames in this religious and historical heritage, whose frame has been recently renovated. pic.twitter.com/jY474nIFfA
– Martine Aubry (@MartineAubry) May 3, 2021
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, originally from the North, supported the firefighters and expressed “thoughts of solidarity for Lille and Catholics”.
Support for firefighters @ Sdis59 who are fighting at this very moment against the fire of the church of Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul de Wazemmes, in Lille. The prefect goes there at my request. Thoughts of solidarity for Lille and Catholics.
– Gerald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) May 3, 2021
The deputy of the North and regional adviser RN Sébastien Chenu, for his part, transmitted his thoughts “to Catholics bruised by this fire”. “It is time to conduct a serious investigation into this series of church fires,” he said.
AT #Wazemmes, it’s a new church that burned down. Thanks to the firefighters of @ Sdis59 who were able to act very quickly. All my thoughts to the Catholics bruised by this fire.
It is time for a serious investigation into this spate of church fires. pic.twitter.com/tK4KYDc3No
– Sébastien Chenu (@sebchenu) May 3, 2021
The president of the Patriots Florian Philippot, originally from the Lille region, was surprised by the fact that “churches and cathedrals have been burning a lot in France for a few years”. “No investigation to seriously dig into the subject ?!” He was indignant.
And a new church that burns! Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul in Wazemmes (Lille). At this moment. Dreadful! Courage to the firefighters.
Churches and cathedrals have been burning a lot in France in recent years: no investigation to seriously explore the subject ?! pic.twitter.com/VKIvtDHfl6
– Florian Philippot (@f_philippot) May 3, 2021
On April 18, the church in the village of Romilly-la-Puthenaye, in Eure, was devastated by a violent fire – probably of accidental origin – which caused the fall of its roof and its bell tower. Nine months earlier, on July 18, 2020, an arson had damaged the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul in Nantes. A tragedy that occurred after the gigantic fire of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral on April 15, 2019.