A STAINED glass window cracked and smoke filled a church after a shed was set on fire.
Police are investigating following the small blaze at Northgate Church, Garden Lane, Chester.
Firefighters from Chester fire station attended to the fire at 11.10pm on Thursday, December 16.
Watch manager Eric Campbell said: “It was one of those fires that could’ve been a lot worse.
“We suspect it had been ignited deliberately.
“It ignited the wooden window frame of the church.
“It could’ve been worse if people hadn’t called it through quick enough.”
The crews used thermal imaging cameras to check for hotspots and make sure the fire was extinguished.
Cheshire police spokeswoman Louise Hughes said: “We are investigating. A small bonfire was started next to the church wall which caused one of the stained glass windows to break.
“It is cosmetic damage rather than structural.”