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Qld church catches fire during storms

AAP logoAAP 2/01/2017 Jamie McKinnell

A lightning strike is being blamed for starting a fire at a church on Queensland's Darling Downs.

Firefighters were called to St Mary's Catholic Parish in Warwick just before 4pm on Monday after reports of a fire.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman told AAP crews arrived to find a lot of smoke coming from the building.

"It does look initially like it's like a lightning strike," he said, adding that crews on the ground would need to confirm the suspected cause.

Power to the church had been isolated as more fire crews raced to the scene.

An employee at a nearby cafe said a customer claimed to have seen the lightning strike, accompanied by an "awful, awful noise".

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore said a line of storms was moving slowly across the region in a northeasterly direction.

Warwick received 43mm of rain in one hour as the systems hit.

"There's not an an unusual amount of lightning," Mr Narramore said.

"It just looks like a typical storm with a fair bit of lightning, rainfall and gusty winds."

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