UPDATE: Firefighters have battled through monsoon-like rain to control a fire at St Mary's Catholic Church.

Five engines were called to battle the blaze, with first responders struggling to break through the structure's front doors.

Two firefighters tamed the fire from inside the building, while a sole firefighter exhausted the flames from the northern side of the church.

It's believed a lightning strike sparked the blaze, and fire crews managed to have it under control by 4pm.

The billowing smoke could be seen from the Warwick CBD and a convoy of onlookers pulled over to witness the blaze unfold.

Fire crews, police and an ambulance services remain at the church.

EARLIER: FIREFIGHTERS are frantically battling a fire that has broken out at the iconic St Mary's Catholic Church.

It is believed lightning ignited the blaze, with fire crews struggling to gain access to the historic sandstone building.

Smoke is billowing from the roof of the church and crews are hosing the affected areas.

The electrical storm hit Warwick about 3.30pm, bringing heavy rains, strong winds and lightning.

Power cuts have been reported in west Warwick.



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