LIVERPOOL'S Salvation Army church hall is in ruins after fire destroyed the roof on Sunday.
Fire and Rescue crews were called to the hall on the corner of Bathurst Street and Memorial Avenue at 6.15am.
Eight fire crews from Liverpool, Busby, Bonnyrigg Heights and surrounding areas put out the fire.
It is believed to have to started after a bin was on fire.
The blaze spread to a nearby trolley filled with rubbish and then to the building.
Liverpool police believe the fire was deliberately lit.
The crime manager, Inspector Dean Johstone, said: "It's a random attack. To do this to a charitable organisation is heartless. It's an unfortunate and intentional fire."
Salvation Army manager of 2168 Food4Life market and church member Joel Spicer said church services would continue even though the hall was closed.
He said church members showed up on Sunday for the usual 10am service.
"We're being strong and we all banded together," he said. "It was a shock to us but everyone got together outside. We prayed and had a bit of a chat. There's been a surprisingly good morale from our members."
The hall and the Salvation Army's Welfare Centre will be closed while investigations continue.
The church hall blaze was one of three fires last Sunday.
Inspector Johstone said a building fire at Goulburn Street in Liverpool was also deliberate, but would not confirm a link between the two.