FIREFIGHTERS were called to a blaze at Winchester Cathedral last night.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service was called at 7.40pm to reports of a fire on the cathedral roof.

Nine firefighters went to the scene and discovered that the fire had been caused by a flood light being laid down on a plank of wood.

The roof suffered minor damage in the incident.

Winchester fire station crew manager Phil Foxton said: “I think they'd been having some sort of entertainment going on and a lighting rig was left on a wooden plank which started the fire.

“It was a small fire and was only brief. It lasted only about half an hour, maybe 40 minutes.”