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Irish Daily Mirror - - STARS &TOONS -

Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury Robert Run­cie wears a hard hat to in­spect dam­age to the roof of York Min­ster’s south transept af­ter it was struck by light­ning in the early hours. The re­sult­ing fire caused dam­age worth €2.8mil­lion.

The Min­ster had sur­vived three pre­vi­ous fires: in 1753 caused by burn­ing coals left by work­men, 1829 when an ar­son­ist torched the choir area and in 1850 when the nave roof and vault were de­stroyed af­ter a burn­ing can­dle was left unat­tended.

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