On July 9th 1984, the South Transept of York Minster was engulfed by flames causing approximately £1m of damage.
There were various theories as to the cause ranging from UFOs to Divine Retribution. But it was later confirmed that lightning was the most likely cause. But there were many who said that there was NO lightning that night, but there was; I saw it. There was even a theory that, as York Minster is on a ley line a high level of energy was generated after the enthronement of The Bishop of Durham, and the controversy surrounding him and his statement about the Virgin Birth.
Above, York Minster in flames made more dramatic by ‘Pixilmatic’ Antonio Filter