Police are now hunting for the arsonists who set fire a chapel of rest at Rugby Cemetery.
Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward following the arson attack that took place at the cemetery chapel in Watts Lane, Rugby between 1.30 and 3.20am on Sunday.
A spokesman for Warwickshire Police said: “The offenders are believed to have forced entry into the chapel of rest through a window before starting a fire and fleeing the scene. This then spread to the entire building and caused substantial damage.
“Police want to speak to members of the community who may have seen anyone hanging around the Watts Lane Cemetery or acting suspiciously near to the Chapel of Rest before the fire was discovered.”
The chapel had only recently been refurbished, with work completed in March this year.
Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the environment, said: “I am bitterly disappointed by this mindless act of vandalism.
“Not only have these vandals destroyed a beautiful chapel, but they have also robbed mourners of a peaceful place for worship and contemplation.
“We will rebuild and repair the chapel, but it looks like the historic cemetery bier is beyond saving. It is irreplaceable.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Alistair Knight in Rugby CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where the information can be given anonymously.