A church has been damaged after a van and two cars outside the building were engulfed in flames and destroyed.

The exterior of Woodford Methodist Church in Derby Road was damaged by the blaze yesterday (February 20) at about 11.45am.

Two cars and a van were destroyed; part of another car was also damaged by the inferno.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters attended the scene.

One man was treated on scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

The brigade received 21 calls alerting them to the fire which was under control by 12.41pm thanks to crews from Walthamstow, Chingford and Leytonstone fire stations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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