Massive fire at Rotorua church

A huge fire has destroyed a church in Rotorua on Wednesday evening.

St John's church, on the corner of Victoria and Ranolf Streets, was engulfed in flames.

The fire service said shortly after 8pm the fire had been brought under control.

It's not believed that anyone was inside the building. 

Neighbour Lyriic Odering lives on a nearby street. She said she couldn't believe how large the fire grew "in a matter of seconds". 

Twelve fire crews battled the blaze.